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No smelly festival - RT sewerage overflow diverted to ghut

- New sewerage pump on its way, work to commence after festival
The sewerage overflow that was evident at times on the James Walter Francis Drive in Road Town has now been diverted to the nearby ghut to ensure there is no overflow on the streets during the festival activities, with the Road Town Festival Village (infront) opening on Thursday July 26, 2012 for the Gospel Fest show. Photo: VINO
No sewerage overflow is expected over the next few weeks as measures had been taken to have the overflow go into a nearby ghut to ensure there is no smelly festival for patrons and also revelers of the 2012 Festival Parade as the highway is a main part of the parade route. Photo: VINO
No sewerage overflow is expected over the next few weeks as measures had been taken to have the overflow go into a nearby ghut to ensure there is no smelly festival for patrons and also revelers of the 2012 Festival Parade as the highway is a main part of the parade route. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The occasional sewerage overall in Road Town on the James Walter Francis Drive will not affect revelers and patrons for the 2012 August festival as a precautionary measure has been taken with a diversion being made to the main ghut in the area.

Speaking to Virgin Islands News Online, Acting Deputy Director of the Water and Sewerage Department (WSD) Bernard Grant, explained that the step was taken as a temporary and precautionary measure as no one wants to have a smelly festival or to be parading in sewerage water during the festivities. The ghut where the diversion has been sent is located next to the festival village and runs behind the House of Assembly building.

He further explained that what has been done now is nothing different to what has been happening before regarding the overflow, however, the difference is the overflow will no longer run on the road.

Regarding any impact such a move will have on businesses in the area, Mr. Grant said the overflow is only occasional and the move is precautionary, however, he said in the event that any smell emanates from the ghut, there are chemicals on hand to address the odour by flushing the ghut.

Asked about the status of the new pump that is expected to be installed and help to rectify the Road Town sewerage issues, he explained that it has already been built to specification and was expected to be shipped on July 20, 2012.

However, he further revealed that the Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool did not want to start that “kind of work” two weeks before festival and the worse situation is that it may not have been finished in time for festival, therefore it was decided that works will commence after festival.

On June 27, 2012, Government signed a contract for $163,967 to improve the Road Town pumping station with Bio Safe contractor Patrick Mitchell.

“The sewerage solution is one of the highest priorities of Government over the next few years, particularly in East End and Road Town. Today’s signing with Bio Safe Treatment and Septic Solutions is geared to improve the Road Town pump station so that the rest of works being carried out will culminate with this phase signing off on…the contract will gear towards remedying the problem the Territory sees of sewerage overflow on streets and collapse pipes. The works are focused on the Road Town pump station and replace all the pumps to achieve a higher level of efficiency of pumping sewerage,” Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool had told journalists.

The remedial project, Hon. Vanterpool had added, will be done until his Government can build a treatment plant at Bird Point.

19 Responses to “No smelly festival - RT sewerage overflow diverted to ghut ”

  • land mass (23/07/2012, 08:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what the hell am I reading here? they send the sewerage in the guth???? times like deeds we need B. Lettsome
    • job market (23/07/2012, 15:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please wah sha sha got a consultancy he done sell out long time…
      • Carrot Bay (23/07/2012, 23:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        i agree with you Job market just like Shina another sell out!!!!!
  • ---------------- (23/07/2012, 09:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Typical band aid approach by Mark..just sent it in the guth!
    • very soon you will find out (24/07/2012, 00:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • HELP HELP HELP (23/07/2012, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow can't believe this!
  • Bull (23/07/2012, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is pure Bull $hit. Imagin Biwater has in their contract responsibility to rebuild (new) the pump station at the round-a-bout and because of politics, the NDP government won't let them do it. The people need an explanation from the Minister.
    • Real Talk (23/07/2012, 12:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why you don't stop lying? Biwater told the Minister they're only doing their sewerage part after the water part comes on stream. Meaning, the revenue they get from Government for producing water, they will use it to deal with sewerage. How they going sell Government water when they can't find the --- water? They now want us to approve them going out to sea because they built a plant on dry wells. Get your s...t together before making false statements. Read the fineprint. Biwater was not going to start one bit of sewerage works without starting to collect our money. We should drown in sh..t waiting for Mr White to start collecting our money? You must be a jacka$$!
  • SMH (23/07/2012, 10:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow there goes sea life and possible fish poisioning.
  • taxpayer (23/07/2012, 11:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My brothers and sisters sewage has been running down through that gut from the getto area for some time. What has been done has added to the flow which passes under the gut. The Adventist Church suffered much discomfort with their cruisade on the festival grounds a few mths ago. A similar diversion was made by the traffic light which goes into the grain to the East of the Tobarco buildings. But Mark is not alone, Fraser did the same thing by the Sewage Plant. That plant over flows in the drain infront of Oneals new building and enters the sea where the fisherman keep their boats. In truth we are up Sh##t cseek without a paddle.
  • NothingNew (23/07/2012, 12:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Same situation that he has going on in the ghut behind his supermarket!
  • weed (23/07/2012, 12:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yea let the members of the House smell it!
    • clear the air (23/07/2012, 18:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      ha ha yeap let them smell it yes and be reminded they are back beanchers and in the oppersition..he ha hhee he
  • ausar (23/07/2012, 13:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Am I reading this correctly that the default location for the overflow of sewerage is in the ghut? Where are the engineers that government is paying a ton of money for in scholarships? It is obvious that some kind of authority from the Kingdom is needed to oversee waste management in this country mayson. And to imagine the only deterrent from anyone or any thing going in that ghut is an iron gate, of sorts? Shameful!
  • 1 (23/07/2012, 18:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So the sewerage was sent to stink up the guth sorry for village cay!
  • ooooo (23/07/2012, 21:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    how kedric aint saying nothing about this? he only hitting trellis bay
  • george (23/07/2012, 23:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    but this is no solution the town will still be smelly as usual
  • Eagle and Buffalo (23/07/2012, 23:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    OMG! I'm at a loss for words and the best one that roll off my lips is .......shameful. This nonchalant attitude towards and disregard for human health and the environment is probably due to gross mismanagement and pies poor planning. It is embarrassing enough that raw or poorly treated sewage is being discharging into our precious and once pristine coastal waters. But to routinely divert raw sewage into the ghut is piling onto the an already disgraceful, unhealthy, and polluting situation. True, every sewage system has emergency provision in its maintenance and operations plan. But this situation is not an emergency; the situation resulted plain and simple from extremely poor planning and management. Is this the best that WSD can deliver? In any event, at other places heads would have rolled. Many have been fired for less. Given this depressing situation, I got a few questions. One, does the WSD have a high/low limit for critical parts? Without a doubt a pump is a critical part. It is a.critical, long lead time and non-readily available item and there should always a spare or two on island. Not buying that the parts are too expensive and the carrying cost too high. Well the risk to human health and the environment, coupled with national disgrace, outweigh the cost. Two, did WSD declare an emergency and place a critical/urgent expedite order with the manufacturer? It would cost more to move order to the front of line but paying extra the cost would have been justified? Three, how long has the pump been out of operation and is WSD required to issue a public notice? Four, why can't WSD work with BI-Water to frontload the treatment plant? This should not be a heavy lift; frontloading changes happen routinely in contracting? The rest of the world is watching us and we need to do better at protecting human health and the envirorment. Our wats is a major draw for cruise and longtime tourists; we need to protect it and keep it clean and healthy. Impaired waters are not good for fishing, swimming, diving, snorkelling and other contact recreation. It is also detrimental to sea food.
  • ... (24/07/2012, 07:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where do you knuckle heads think the sewerage water was going when it spilled out in the road?????? Do you think it was spilling out in the road and then going back to the sewerage system?? The ghut is not ideal but it has been going to the same damn place for years. And it is just so we don't get the hell embarrassed out of us while the Festival is going on. Can you imagine the Parade going on, troops passing and oh ohhhh, here come a rush of s..t water.....???

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