Update on JCD desilting works

Update on JCD desilting works

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Works are progressing on the construction of the Sediment Disposal Area (SDA) at the John Compton Dam.

The project which was awarded to Mega Contracting, is but the first phase of the desilting process at St Lucia’s largest reservoir. The works began in May this year following the approval of part-funding by the Caribbean Development Bank CDB.

On Wednesday August 5th 2018, a delegation from the Water and Sewerage Company WASCO which included the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives, Hon. Ezechiel Joseph, Chairman of the Board of Directors at WASCO, Francis Denbow, Wasco’s General Manager Edmund Regis and Head of Wasco’s Project Management Unit, Gordon Wyke as well as representatives of Golder and Associates, Engineers and Consultants on the project, visited the site to get a first-hand view of how the project is advancing.

The delegation also got an opportunity to sit with the project manager and engineers, who provided a general assessment report on the works and further explained the various aspects of the job which has been divided into two phases.

They informed that the site for the dyke has been stripped and prepared and the foundation for the structure is currently being laid. A seepage trench and a blanket drain is being constructed below the dyke is nearing completion. The first part of the works, which is the foundation of the dyke is expected to be completed by November 2018 and the construction phase is projected to commence in January 2019.

Once completed the dyke will be the designated area which will hold the silt that currently fills up about one third of the John Compton Dam’s capacity. Once completed it will mark the commencement of preparations for the second phase of the desilting process, which will be the suction dredging of the John Compton Dam.


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  1. The idea of a special authority to manage the dam is standardized practice for economic cost recovery. Go and ask the CDB (Caribbean Development Bank). The dam should pay for itself.


  2. The dam should have been created under an independent statutory authority. This authority should have been selling water to the national water authority. In this way,, desilting would have been paying for itself. Nothing is free. It is time that we Saint Lucians become aware of that. This is in part what independence means.

    The failure to create a special authority to administer and to be accountable for the operations of the dam is huge part of the problem. It is time to fix this problem permanently. The manager of the national water authority is not underemployed. The holder of this title may be wearing just too many hats to do a excellent job.


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