Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has hailed what he describes as ‘a historic milestone’ this week for the Water and Sewerage Company Inc (WASCO) and his administration.
It was a reference to the official start of the 2nd Phase of the John Compton Dam Rehabilitation Project which is the Desilting phase.
“This is the flagship of a wider programme in the quest for water security that our government is currently undertaking throughout the country,” Chastanet observed Saturday on his official Facebook page.
He disclosed that in addition to the desilting, the work being undertaken also includes the reforestation and stabilization of more than 150 hectares of land.
A watershed protection nursery to support the restoration activities will also be established and maintained.
The desilting project itself involves moving approximately 1.7 million cubic meters of silt.
According to Prime Minister Chastanet, it’s the equivalent of 50 football fields stacked 20 feet high with silt, which has settled in the dam and which has reduced its capacity by more than 50 percent.
He noted that the removal of the silt will unblock the lower port of the Dam, allowing it to discharge a higher volume of raw water for processing.