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Malone defends CGB’s “Low-Pressure Sewerage System”

- Says Water and Sewerage Department never replaced grinder pump
In a press release Today, January 3, 2019, Carvin Malone, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CBE said, “Governments and district representatives indeed have the prerogative to expend public resources in whatever manner they deem appropriate and acceptable but at no time should such expenditure be justified based on false and misleading information.” Photo: VINO/File
According to CBE’s website, the company was contracted to create a system capable of effectively collecting, treating and disposing, not only of the community’s wastewater but also of waste produced by the many yachts that moored immediately offshore. Photo: Provided
According to CBE’s website, the company was contracted to create a system capable of effectively collecting, treating and disposing, not only of the community’s wastewater but also of waste produced by the many yachts that moored immediately offshore. Photo: Provided
According to Mr Malone, Government soon after intervened and thereafter awarded a negotiated contract for the “Collection, Treatment and Disposal” of wastewater in Cane Garden Bay and his company then went on to install a “Low-Pressure Sewer Collection System” (LPSCS). Photo: Provided
According to Mr Malone, Government soon after intervened and thereafter awarded a negotiated contract for the “Collection, Treatment and Disposal” of wastewater in Cane Garden Bay and his company then went on to install a “Low-Pressure Sewer Collection System” (LPSCS). Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Caribbean Basin Enterprises (CBE), the company contracted by the Virgin Islands (VI) Government to design and build a wastewater system in the Cane Garden Bay (CGB) area is lashing out at inaccurate information peddled about CGB’s “Low Pressure Sewerage System” and of the Cromaglass Wastewater Treatment Facility.

According to CBE’s website, the company was contracted to create a system capable of effectively collecting, treating and disposing, not only of the community’s wastewater but also of waste produced by the many yachts that moored immediately offshore.

Recently, Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) aka 'Mitch', had called for a number of issues at the sewerage systems to be addressed as a matter of urgency. According to him, there is the likelihood that the water in the area will eventually become polluted, forcing the closure of the beach once again.

CBE & Cane Garden Bay

In a press release Today, January 3, 2019, Carvin Malone, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CBE said, “Governments and district representatives indeed have the prerogative to expend public resources in whatever manner they deem appropriate and acceptable but at no time should such expenditure be justified based on false and misleading information.”

The release states that some, “23 years ago in 1996, following the closure of the beach at Cane Garden Bay due to flooding conditions that resulted in the flow of contaminated pollutants into the bathing waters of the beach, CBE held meetings with residents and the business community after they were told by officials that a sewerage treatment facility could not be accommodated at Cane Garden Bay.

According to Mr Malone, Government soon after intervened and awarded a negotiated contract for the “Collection, Treatment and Disposal” of wastewater in Cane Garden Bay and his company then went on to install a “Low-Pressure Sewer Collection System” (LPSCS) and a Cromaglass 45,000 gallons per day sewerage treatment system,” to address the issues. 

System Neglect

The CBE CEO now notes, “It is proven and sadly verifiable that adequate financial and human resources have never been allocated for the effective and efficient operations of either the Low-Pressure Sewerage Collection System or the Cromaglass Treatment system.”

He said that in the 21 years the 35 pump stations have been in operation, the Water and Sewerage Department have never replaced or repaired a single grinder pump in any of the 35 lift stations.

“Not a single grinder pump has been replaced and yet the system was in operation for over 20 years. The pumps in the Cromaglass treatment plant are often removed, allegedly, by some of the very persons who were assigned with operating the system,” he revealed.

Mr Malone remarked that the people and the businesses of CGB “Must not continue to be taken for granted or suffer the risk of economic abandonment.” He said the systems of sewerage and other wastewater collection and treatment must be immediately and effectively repaired, restored and made functional.

He says, “Abandonment of the Cane Garden Bay collection and treatment systems will result in additional expenditure of over two to three million dollars for the removal of the low-pressure system.”

4 Responses to “Malone defends CGB’s “Low-Pressure Sewerage System” ”

  • Comment (03/01/2019, 19:33) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    I understand the sewage issue but truly there are much too much Tourist at that one beach. How can anyone walk the beach with so many beach chairs in the sand? You have to walk throughout the Tourist in beachchairs or walk the shallow waters at the shoreline. Can’t the government ever get things organized correctly? Who can not see that these things are a problem?
  • NDP FLOP (03/01/2019, 21:47) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    This opportunist. The need becomes a greed.
  • fish (04/01/2019, 03:32) Like (16) Dislike (10) Reply
    They just trying to make carvin look bad, vip all the way mehson
  • Truth (04/01/2019, 22:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Malone is the voice of reason and knowledge. He is quite correct in his statement regarding the updating of the existing system rather than embarking on a boondoggle project to replace the system with a gravity system. Gravity systems,especially when installed below sea level or in high groundwater areas, are highly susceptible to high profile failures, which would be catastrophic to the fragile tourist trade in Cane Garden. Upgrading the existing system would be the most expedient and economical method. Of course, the reduced costs would make it more difficult to, shall we say, share the wealth. Listen to the man.


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