NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Water & Sewerage Corporation (WSC) executive chairman Adrian Gibson yesterday suggested the $28.33 million Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) loan could be extended as there are several other islands also in need of potable water.
Gibson underscored the corporation is executing a $28.33 million loan from the Caribbean Development Bank with $13.3 million in counterpart funding from the Bahamas Government to supply potable water on several family islands.
He spoke at the ground breaking ceremony for a $1.9 million potable water project on Crooked Island.
“My view is and I spoke to them in St Kitts, that it may be possible to extend that loan because there are many other islands that need water,” said Gibson.
“The government is keenly aware of the needs of various family islands and the government is moving to address those needs,” said Gibson, noting noting that Cat Island is next in line, with a tender process to soon be announced.
According to Gibson water works has been carried out on New Providence, is ongoing in South Andros, Long Island and San Salvador. Bahamas Hot Mix (BHM) is carrying out the potable water distribution system project on Crooked Island.
The project is expected to supply water to the Pond Road, Timothy Thompson Settlement, Church Grove Settlement and Colonel Hill Settlement.
It covers approximately 18,850 feet of 4-inch PVC pipe, approximately 5,800 feet of 2-inch PVC pipe and 83 water service connections.
The work is expected to be completed in approximately eight months.
Gibson said: “Crooked Island will be the recipient of at least one and possibly two reverse osmosis plants at the completion of the project. That is something the corporation is looking into now.”