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Neglect caused CGB sewerage system to deteriorate- Carvin Malone

- said the installation of the collection & treatment systems were done by his company and proposals submitted for the upgrade of the systems over the years were ignored
Carvin Malone, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Caribbean Basin Enterprises Ltd. says the government neglected the old sewerage system that was the best option for Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO/File
The existing Cane Garden Bay Sewerage Plant was damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. Photo: VINO
The existing Cane Garden Bay Sewerage Plant was damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. Photo: VINO
Cane Garden Bay beach was temporarily closed due to sewage runoff. Photo: Facebook
Cane Garden Bay beach was temporarily closed due to sewage runoff. Photo: Facebook
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI - Carvin Malone, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Caribbean Basin Enterprises Limited, has accused governments of neglecting the old sewerage system in Cane Garden Bay (CGB), a system which he believes is the best option to rectify the longstanding sewerage issues in the community.

It was announced at a public meeting at the Cane Garden Bay Methodist Church on January 26, 2018 that the community could have a new and fully optimised and automated sewerage system in their community before the end of 2018, bringing an end to sewage on the streets and untreated sewage being discharged into the ocean.

The new sewerage system is estimated to cost $1.5M to about $1.6M and will double the capacity of the existing plant while consisting of fewer pump stations. Only 7 pump stations would be required for the new system.

In a press release on February 9, 2018, Mr Malone said: "Both the Low Pressure Collection system and the Cromaglass systems were flawless during their first 10 years of operation from 1997 to 2007. They have both suffered from maintenance and operation deprivation. On two occasions, proposals though uninvited, were submitted for the upgrade of the systems."

In 1996 his company was given the contract to address the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater in CGB.

He stated that his company made a decision after intense analysis to install a Low Pressure Sewer Collection System (LPSCS) and a Cromaglass 45,000 gallons per day sewerage treatment system.

Mr Malone further explained that the systems were not given proper maintenance since it was installed.

"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. In the 21 years that the 35 pump stations have been in operation the water and sewerage department have not 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," explained the local businessman.

Mr Malone pointed out that pumps from the Cromaglass treatment plant was allegedly removed.

He emphasised that the two systems need immediate and effective attention because it will significantly affect the tourism sector and cost millions.

"The present systems of sewerage and other wastewater collection and treatment must be immediately and effectively repaired, restored and made functional. Abandonment of the Cane Garden Bay collection and treatment systems will result in expenditure of millions of dollars in a new gravity collection system that will take years to complete and would be disastrous to the tourism sector for inevitably the proposed seven central pump stations will be neglected, they will fail and they will overflow into the waters of the beach of Cane Garden Bay."

"Cane Garden Bay is to Tortola what the Baths is to Virgin Gorda. Let us protect the people and the economy of Cane Garden Bay together."

"We are not invited'  to address the sewerage issues

In an invited comment, Mr Malone told our newsroom, his company has not been approached to address the sewerage issue in Cane Garden Bay, but noted that "it would make sense that they were invited" since they initially installed the system.

"We are the ones who installed them and we are the ones who know what needs to be done and we are the ones who could do it. We weren't asked to do it but if asked we have the ability to do it," explained Mr Malone.

He continued, "One of the striking thing is that as the contractor who put it in, it would make sense to me that we be invited to look at the system for ways of improving or getting it up and running. We are not invited and we should be invited."

During the Cane Garden Bay consultation meeting on January 26, 2018 at the Cane Garden Bay Methodist Church, it was stated that local contractors could bid to undertake the project when it goes out to tender.

He reiterated that the Water and Sewerage Department over the years have done patch work which has not worked, adding that a "holistic approach" should now be done.

"They have not done a complete job, they have basically patched and patched and patching cannot do it. We have to look at it at a holistic approach in terms of doing other infrastructural works that could be done to improve the treatment capacity or the treatment efficiency," he said.

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22 Responses to “Neglect caused CGB sewerage system to deteriorate- Carvin Malone”

  • officer (11/02/2018, 14:32) Like (25) Dislike (6) Reply
    you should be ashamed to say such thing. that district been a vip strong hold for years
    • wize up (11/02/2018, 15:19) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ officer: thanks because some folks will have some of us believe the issues affecting this BVI began 6 years ago: play these political games and hurtful thing some falling for it: VIP around 40 years while the other set from around 1999: I am almost 60 years and some of the issues still here in 2018: I have no political affiliation
      • @wize up (11/02/2018, 23:48) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
        Boss boss you miss a valuable point mehson. Ndp is full of division them prefer to waste taxpayer money before they hire CBE who more than capable. Just because of political punishment at the detriment of the country. These mothers are evil. Continue to follow evil and see if these ndp ratatouille don’t take you to the pit of hell.
  • Yes (11/02/2018, 14:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    My boy lobbying for more action. Ah laugh!
  • cay (11/02/2018, 16:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is he still running with VIP?
    • wize up (11/02/2018, 18:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ cay: for district 4: but when then envelopes start passing he will have his hands full again the current fellow holding that post
  • critic (11/02/2018, 17:01) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    NDP get ready for the VIP gearing up with new stronger candidates to take you in the next general elections. They say they will fix the sewage problem in CGB and rest of BVI.
  • yardee (11/02/2018, 18:04) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wha gone bard ah morning can’t come good ah evening
  • jack (11/02/2018, 18:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is this cavin political coming out speech?bman even the esteem doing better than him
  • So wait (11/02/2018, 18:41) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why wasnt this mentioned before now?
  • lord o. (11/02/2018, 20:32) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    People are in power to solve problems. To find solutions.. To make citizen comfortable.. The Onus is always on the present government..
    • wize up (12/02/2018, 09:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Lord O: just as we have more questions than answers: we also have more issues than money...
      • @ Lord o and wize up (12/02/2018, 11:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agree with you both. Only thing is they have money. All the clammoring to run for public office aint for any broke coffers.
        • wize up (12/02/2018, 13:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          @ wize/o lord......sit and take a serious look at the debt to income ratio of the territory(we have more debt than what money) as a matter of fact some of we the have no clue to as to actual numbers: we I am not wrong I heard about another loan of 64 million dollar(had to paid back)......the cruise ship docks was damaged so the income factored in last budget from that facility was diminished.....remember government is also a business and requires prudent fiscal management......we all have to keep the faith putting God first....
  • He miss the nipple (11/02/2018, 21:30) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The NDP cut his navel string so that is why he bawling out.....Ha Ha!
  • Music (12/02/2018, 07:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    No surprise there then. Very little is maintained properly after installation. Typical third world mentality, I'm afraid!
  • wize up (12/02/2018, 09:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ the nipple: can you say pickwood pond!!! Just say DMV?
  • island man (12/02/2018, 11:29) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr. Malone I sincerely apologize on behalf of the government. It is not neglect, the government simply don't care or just confuse. There is no leader- ship and accountability. It will be done we just don't know when and who we should give the contract.
    Don't you see the road from carrot bay close to banana creat still have land slide over 6months telling you they are confused.
  • Mr. Poopy (12/02/2018, 14:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lack of proper maintenance. ??? Whats that ? Never have I seen a place of initial shoddy work to start with then total neglect like the BVI.
  • Tallfat (12/02/2018, 14:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very enlightening clip. It is clear that there's been neglect by both parties as this time span has covered vip and NDP adminstrations. However I will not go back fifteen years. What is clear is theater the present government serving consecutive terms a total of 8 years. So since regaining power they've not ensured the system is maintained. Btw was a study carried out before a decision was made to scrap the system or we got so much $$$$$$ thawe don't need no dawn study. In the meantime what is being done to process the sewage or effluents? As this article says this new million point six system will be in place end of 2018.
  • Political Observer (PO) (12/02/2018, 14:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The culture of constructing buildings, structures, utilities............etc and not maintaining them must stop. It is gross negligence and poor stewardship of scarce taxpayers resources. Managing facilities( buildings, structures, utilities, equipment) is a continuum that ranges from planning, programming, budgeting, design, construction, maintenance, rehabiltaion, recapitalization, demolition.........etc. To lower the lifecycle cost and attain the design life, facilities must be maintained. Agree with Mr. Malone that neglect caused deterioration and poor operation. Nonetheless, though Caribbean Basin Enterprised Ltd may have designed the current malfunctioning system, it was government prerogative to go in a different direction with another company. 35 lift stations is too many; that many systems increases the changes for service disruption. The project is being competed so CBEL can bid on it. The new system must be properly designed, constructed and maintained; the new plant must have properly trained staff to operate and maintain it so as to extend the plant life and deliver a high level of quality service.

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