The exercise, part-funded by the $2.9 million grant provided by the Ministry of Finance, has begun with the clearing of sewer ponds at ELMS Wood sewer treatment plant. The plant has eight huge sewer ponds and two of them have since been emptied. A private contractor, Mutual Company, is carrying out the project.
“The sewer ponds were filled to capacity and clogged. Sand also found its way into the ponds, further worsening the situation. Pressure built up along sewer reticulation pipes causing them to burst. If given proper attention, the sewer processing plant (ponds) could serve generations to come,” said a manager with Mutual Company.
He said he expected the clearing of the ponds to be completed by the end of October. The company will then rehabilitate sewer reticulation pipes around the town.