THE Water and Sewage Corporation expects an $81m contract with Israeli firm Miya Water will result in a significant reduction in water loss.
WSC General Manager Glen Laville told The Tribune yesterday that as it stands, the Corporation loses around 6.5 million gallons of water a day. A closer look revealed, he said, that the massive waste puts the WSC at more than a $16 million a year disadvantage.
But Mr Laville said that with the expertise of Miya Water, there are high hopes to reduce the losses to about $2 million. Miya has guaranteed, according to Works Minister Philip “Brave” Davis, to reduce the water losses.
And if their promises to do so do not materialise, Mr Davis said, “they won’t be paid the sums of money that we have contracted with them.”
Mr Laville said: “Most of our losses are due to underground leaks that don’t necessarily surface.
“(So) what the IDB project will do, as a main component, we intend to accomplish it by the end of 2017. We should have that reduced from 6.5 million gallons a day to 2.5 million gallons a day. Then in another two years, we are going to reduce it further to 2 million gallons a day.
“The contractor that we have working with us is going to be here for 10 years. So in the first five years they are going to do reduction and in the last five years they maintain those reduced levels. At the end of the project, it would more or less pay for itself.”
Miya also plans to contract a number of Bahamian labourers. They will be trained to carry out specific duties once Miya’s 10-year tenure ends.
Mr Laville stressed the significance of using the city’s water supply.
“There is no doubt that the ground water in New Providence for the most part is polluted but obviously there are also home treatment systems that can be applied in an effort to improve that quality. But we always encourage people to have a city water supply because our supply is treated and we also test it on a regular basis,” he said.