Expansion sewage treatment plant underwayPOSTED: 05/30/12 10:33 PM
St. Maarten – The expansion of the sewage treatment plant on Illidge Road is taking shape, though it is far from completed. Kurt Ruan, the head of new projects, said yesterday that the work will be ready by the end of October.
Former Minister of Vromi Theo Heyliger signed the contract for the project in January of last year. At the time, the projection was for it to be completed in fourteen months.
The expansion became necessary to accommodate the growing number of households. The old plant was built in 1992 with a capacity for 3,500 resident equivalents. After the expansion, the plant will have a capacity of 30,000 resident equivalents, meaning that it will be able to serve 30,000 households.
The project costs 16.3 million guilders, a bit more than $9 million. Usona, the foundation that manages development funds for St. Maarten and the other islands, pays 14.8 million guilders, while the government of St. Maarten has guaranteed 1.5 million to complete the project.
The work is executed by contractor Windward Roads.