The Minister with responsibility for the water sector, Hon. Dr. James Fletcher, will on Thursday 14th April, 2016, lead a Press Tour of the works being undertaken in the village of Micoud and the community of Desruisseaux to improve the water supply to these areas.
These communities in Micoud, which have long suffered with inconsistent water supplies, are currently benefiting from a grant from the European Union, worth over $2 million, to improve water services in the areas.
In Desruisseaux, the water intake is being completely reconstructed, while the Water Treatment Plant in that community is being rehabilitated and upgraded.
The village of Micoud will receive a vastly improved Water Treatment Plant. These works are almost complete and the improved Micoud Water Treatment Plant is expected to be commissioned soon.
The Micoud water supply improvement projects are part of a concerted effort by the Water and Sewerage Company (WASCO) to improve the quality and consistency of water supply to the east coast. They complement works which are taking place to completely redevelop the water supply system for the Dennery Valley, through a project expected to provide a new water intake, new water treatment plant, and new storage and distribution facilities.
However, the largest of the water supply improvement projects being undertaken by WASCO is the over US$20 million Vieux Fort Water Supply Redevelopment Project. This massive undertaking will provide a new intake and water treatment plant at Beausejour, Vieux Fort, and upgrades to the pipelines, pumping stations, and the existing intake at Beausejour, which will now serve as a backup. The Vieux Fort project will upgrade the transmission main from the Beausejour Pump Station to the Beanefield Storage Tank, upgrade the transmission main line from the Beausejour Pump Station to the Augier Storage Tank, and upgrade the transmission main line from the Beausejour main line to the La Tourney Storage Tank. Additionally, the project will provide new storage in Grace, Laborie and La Tourney (low elevation).