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The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 launched the John Compton Dam Rehabilitation Project.
The dam was built with a reservoir to accommodate three million cubic meters of water, which is equivalent to 660,000 gallons of water. However, following Hurricane Tomas, an assessment indicated that the dam was compromised by 1.1 million cubic metres of silt.
The December 2013 trough disaster worsened the situation, bringing the level of silt to 1.5 million cubic metres. The objective of the project is to restore the reservoir to its capacity.
At present the John Compton Dam Rehabilitation project is at the stage of ‘Request for Proposals’ (RFP) for the works, which has a deadline date for submission of December 16, 2015.
The project will involve primarily, the dredging of sediments form the reservoir and proper disposal of it at an engineered site; water augmentation, infrastructural rehabilitation, and includes water-shed restoration and management.
With more than 93,000 residents, and the many businesses that operate in the north of the island, WASCO said the restoration of the reservoir would be most welcome.