Members of parliament visit John Compton Dam

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Members of parliament visit John Compton Dam
Member of Parliament on tour at John Compton Dam.
Members of Parliament on tour at John Compton Dam.

Members of parliament have joined WASCO officials to get a firsthand view of the situation confronting the John Compton Dam.

The Government of Saint Lucia recently declared a water-related emergency for the island’s north and members of parliament were able to see tangible evidence on Tuesday, April 22, the reason for the declaration.

At a planned tour of the John Compton Dam, members of both the Upper and Lower Houses joined officials from the island’s water utility company, the Water and Sewerage Company, WASCO, on an inspection of the facility. The visitors were able to see the level of siltation which is preventing the dam from realizing its full storage and supply distribution capacity.

“We really have to bring people here to see just how compromised this dam is; just how much material (is clogging it). Saying that the dam has a capacity of three million cubic metres and half of it is silt. Those numbers don’t really mean anything to them. You have to be here to see the mass of silt, the boulders, the trees that are in the reservoir, the slopes around it that are compromised for you to really appreciate how big a problem it is,” said Sen. Dr. James Fletcher, Minister responsible for Public Utilities.

With the level of siltation currently inside the reservoir, the consensus is, the situation is of major concern. Leading Tuesday’s visit was Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs and Social Security Dr. Kenny D. Anthony.

The prime minister initially made the call for first a local media visit of the dam to bring the gravity of the situation to the people of Saint Lucia and then proposed the tour by members of parliament.

Following the water emergency declaration, Dr. Fletcher said WASCO was working diligently towards addressing the situation affecting mostly the north of the island. He noted that the water utility was re-commissioing intakes which would feed the Ciceron treatment plant, and another in the Ravine Poisson area which would provide more water to help ease the heavy demand on the dam.

Tuesday’s visit to the dam was well attended by members of parliament and included both the speaker of the house and president of the Senate.

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  1. Girls, doing expedition visits to the Dam doesn't remove the silt therein.

    You ladies just love such excursions when you have nothing better to do.

    This what happens when we have the "Common" folks begging the masses to vote them in, thinking, they (the Politicians) are serious about their intentions of propelling this country forward......
    Only to realize that they only care about their own image and what they have achieved in life.

    So, once again we see how easy it was/or to neglect and forget such an IMPORTANT KEY INFRASTRUCTURE like the DAM.
    And now everyone is passing the buck and behaving like it became this way in ONE DAY.
    smh.

    Where is the Patriotic "COAT" of our politicians to show the rest of the Caribbean small islands that we are serious for once?

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  2. I need a pair of boots. Hope all the boots I see in this pic were left for the residents if Millet. The roads in the area are terrible at least the people will get them to get from point A to point B.

    How was the drive up to Millet? I wonder how the district rep felt with the horrible condition of the road.

    Wake up Pep. AA

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  3. Can someone please tell me, what a visit to the Dam by these idiots can do for us. Can someone estimate the cost of these wellington boots that's on the feet of these guys. Where were they purchased?

    Why couldn't it be a group of experts?

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  4. The Prime Minister's security arrangement was very poor on this trip. Imagine the headline news all over the world... all members of cabinet, most senators and members of parliament were on that small boat. They were all wearing special water boots and no life jackets. They probably were very good swimmers. The MP for Dennery North was also seen washing his face in the water. Could his action be viewed as a violation of good etiquette!

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  5. MAN DEFAULT CLEAN YOUR YARD BEFORE YOU TELL OTHERS THEIRS DIRTY. YOU HAVE A SERIOUS. TOO POLITICAL

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    • YOUR CLEAN IDIOT. PEOPLE LIKE YOU I THINK YOU MUST BE SMOKING DOPE YOUR EYES ALWAYS REDD.

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  6. Someone please tell me how many times government officials have to visit the dam! Everyone knows what has to be done. smh.
    http://stluciastar.com/a-call-for-action-to-desilt-dam/

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  7. They should never have named this dam after such a controversial figure, see, John Compton is still shafting Saint Lucians...even in death. That dam is damned and cursed.

    Anywho, Jim Fletcher is the only Parliamentarian (in a long time) who can see past his nose, and I support him. The others have no credibility.

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    • Well said! Hmmm, not all of us can be taken for fools.

      Dr. Fletcher looks like the only bright star in Saint Lucia's firmament. It is so true that he is the only politician I think I could leave my house to vote for. Indeed, he is the first politician ever in our political history, who appears to be able to see past his own nose.

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  8. That's the type of work I want to see among you all..Go to the people..project..problem..prison...pupils.. and see what ..or how to deal with the diverse problems...

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  9. YOU ALL ARE THE CAUSE OF THE DROUGHT,I HONESTLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND YOU GUYS.WE HAD WATER SO MUCH IN THIS PLACE PEOPLE DROWN AND NOW WE HAVE A DROUGHT HAHAHA YOU GUYS ARE SUCH A DAMN JOKE.BETTER DAYS.FREDRICK AND KING LOOK AT THEM TWO JUDAS... TRAITORS...BETTER DAYS!!

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