Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has described as a ‘bitter sweet occasion’, the official commissioning of the Ti Rocher Micoud Water Supply Improvement Project.
Writing on his official Facebook page, Chastanet said the commissioning Thursday was in the memory of an illustrious son of the soil – Mr. Arsene James.
“For over 10 years Mr. James worked hard to deliver this project only to be met with delays and excuses as to why this project could not proceed,” the PM observed.
“I am happy to report to the residents of Micoud South that no longer will water have to be rationed between communities and moving forward they will have a regular supply of pipe-borne water on a daily basis,” Chastanet wrote on his Facebook page.
He observed that the project included the laying of a 100mm (4”) PVC and Ductile Iron Pumping Main of approximately 6.88 km (22,571.85 linear ft) along the entire route – from the WASCO Micoud Treatment Plant at Micoud through to WASCO’s 100,000 Imperial Gallon Tank, located at Morne Desir, Ti-Rocher/Micoud.
He disclosed that four contractors from Micoud South were awarded contracts for works on this project and commended them for a job well done.
The funding for this this long overdue project was secured from the Taiwanese and managed by the team at WASCO, Chastanet stated.
He expressed his sincerest thanks to the residents and motorists of Micoud South for their patience during the execution of the water improvement project.
Chastanet also expressed gratitude to’our friends from Taiwan’ for providing the much needed financing.
“I must also express my gratitude Hon. Ezechiel Joseph who is the Minister with responsibility for Natural Resources and to the board, management and staff of WASCO for delivering on such an essential, long awaited project and for continuing to improve the water supply across the island,” he said.
According to the PM, Since June 2016, WASCO has been able to deliver improved water supply projects in Babonneau, Dennery, Millet, Canaries and Micoud.
“Work is currently ongoing on the John Compton Dam rehabilitation, the second Phase of the Dennery water project, preparation for the commencement of the Vieux Fort Water Supply Improvement project as well as a project in Soufriere,” he explained.