[Press Release] A delegation from the Water and Sewerage Company along with the Contractor for phase one of the John Compton Dam Rehabilitation Project, as well as the Parliamentary Representative for the area met with residents of Tet Chemin on Sunday April 22nd to discuss particulars about the project and other water related concerns.
WASCO, Tet Chemin residents discuss John Compton Dam Rehabilitation Project
The meeting came amid calls from residents for information about the project which is set to commence soon.
A variation has been made to the original proposal for the desilting of the John Compton Dam that will now comprise two phases. The first phase is the construction of the Sediment Disposal site and phase two is the installation of a pipe to transport the silt downstream and the dredging of the Dam.
Phase one, which is set to commence in the coming weeks will be undertaken by Mega Contracting, a St Lucian owned company, whose CEO Ned Samuels as well engineers attached to the company addressed concerns raised by the residents on Sunday.
The concerns ranged from disturbances that will be caused by heavy equipment when the project begins as well as employment opportunities and the availability of water for that community.
The desilting of the John Compton Dam has become necessary, to restore the facility to its original capacity. As a result of heavy siltation due to climate change factors, namely Hurricane Tomas in 2010 and the Christmas Eve Trough in 2013, leaving two thirds of the dam filled with silt.
The commencement of phase one of the project marks the end of almost eight years of planning. The second phase of the project has not yet been finalized.