In-keeping with the Government of Saint Lucia’s plans to build a resilient Saint Lucia, the essential desilting works on The John Compton Dam (JCD) are finally starting with phase one.
The Water and Sewerage Company Incorporated (WASCO) is spearheading the JCD Rehabilitation project which will see the construction of a Sediment Disposal Area (SDA) as sediment removal in the JCD reservoir is critical and urgent.
The dam was commissioned in 1996 and over the years flood waters caused by hurricanes have deposited large volumes of sediment into the JCD reservoir and covered the lower intake of the water supply.
Chairman of WASCO, Mr. Francis Denbow, explained that the project was divided into two phases and will be done with a loan secured from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for $10,1 million.
The first component included the preparation and construction of the sediment disposal area and building and repairing of access roads at the site which will be done by local contractor, Mega Contracting Inc.
The second component will include the dredging of the reservoir and installation of pipes to the sediment disposal area downstream.
Mr. Denbow also added that the sediment disposal area can only be worked upon during the drier months of the year.