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23 July 2018 - 3:46pm

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ASKED BY THE
THIRD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE
MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND WORKS
AT THE SIXTH SITTING OF THE
THIRD SESSION OF THE THIRD HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

THURSDAY, 19TH JULY, 2018

 

The Member for the Third District to ask the Honourable Minister for Communications and Works the following questions:

Question 1

Madam Speaker, could the Minister for Communications and Works please tell this Honourable House:

a) The water production capacity of each Water Plant on Tortola by name and location prior to BiWater coming into operation?

b) The total water production capacity on Tortola after BiWater became fully operational?

Answer 1

a) Madam Speaker, the water production capacity for each Water Plant on Tortola by name and location prior to BiWater coming into operation is as follows:

Water Plant

Location

Production Capacity

Ocean Conversion/Bar Bay

Hodge’s Creek

500,000 imperial gallons per day 

Aqua Design (High School)

Lower Estate

144,000 imperial gallons per day

Aqua Design (Sea Cow’s Bay)

Hannah’s Hill

350,000 imperial gallons per day

Aqua Design

Capoon’s Bay

120,000 imperial gallons per day 

Government Water Plant

Baugher’s Bay

Approximately 1 million imperial gallons per day.

b) Madam Speaker, the water production capacity on Tortola after BiWater became fully operational was 2,920,000 imperial gallons per day (OC/Bar Bay, Capoon’s Bay and BiWater approximately 2,300,000 [as per contract] imperial gallons per day). 

Question 2

Madam Speaker, could the Minister for Communications and Works please tell this Honourable House the whereabouts of the pumps he reported would be installed in the vicinity of Foncy’s, and the Racetrack over a year ago.

Answer 2

Madam Speaker, as stated clearly in my previous answer on 22nd September, 2016, the installation of a pump station was dependent on the completion of the installation of the pump stations in Long Trench and Diamond Estate.  Madam Speaker, as this part of the project is not completed, then it would not have been feasible to install the pump station in this area.

Question 3

Madam Speaker, at the 11th Sitting of the 2nd Session of the 3rd HOA on November 13th 2017, the Minister for Communications and Works told this Honourable House that his Ministry was committed to ensuring a 24 hour supply of water to all customers of the territory, and with particular regards to the 3rd District they remained focused on upgrades.  Could the Minister please give the status of the following upgrades:

a) The upgrade to the electrical supply at Diamond, which he said was in progress at the time?

b) The installation of a Pump Station at Long Trench, which he said was in progress at the time?

c) The pumps which he said were already purchased, and for which a contract was already awarded for the construction of the Pump House?

d) Was the Pump House constructed, and who was the contractor?

Answer 3

a) Madam Speaker, the upgrade to the electrical supply at Diamond is not completed, but it is pending action by the BVI Electricity Corporation.  

b) Madam Speaker, the pumps have been procured and a revised contract for the construction of the pump house is about to be awarded.

c) Madam Speaker, as stated above, the pumps have been purchased and are in stock at the Water and Sewerage Department, awaiting the completion of the pump house. 

d) Madam Speaker, no the pump house was not constructed. A contractor is to be named shortly.

Question 4

Madam Speaker, could the Minister for Communications and Works please tell this Honourable House how each of the upgrades indicated in Question 3 above is intended to improve the water situation in the 3rd District?

Answer 4

Madam Speaker, the matter of water supply to the 3rd District continues to be a challenge.  The project mentioned in my previous answer is designed to ensure an increase in the amount of water that is projected to reach the District and hence distributed. 

The installation of the pump station at Long Trench and the upgrade to the Diamond Pump Station, would allow for the doubling of the water flows reaching the Hannah Reservoir.  

The installation of a pump station at Albion and or Nibbs Estate, will assist with getting water from the lower areas to the higher elevated areas in the Sea Cow’s Bay Community. 

Question 5

Madam Speaker, could the Minister for Communications and Works please tell this Honourable House if the reason the water situation in the 3rd District is worse today than it was at the time he reported the upgrades in Question 3 above is because:

a) The upgrades were never done? or

b) The upgrades were miscalculations?

Answer 5

a) Madam Speaker, the upgrades have not been completed. The assessment of the engineer’s calculations will be determined after this pump station is installed and the Diamond Pump Station is upgraded as planned.

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