VIWMA Commences Work on Cruz Bay Wastewater Pump Station

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VI WMA’s construction will eliminate 12 parking spaces in Cruz Bay’s U.S. Customs parking lot for about the next year.

V.I. Waste Management Authority will start work on the Cruz Bay Wastewater Pump Station on Monday, August 26.

Mobilization of the project will begin on Monday when 12 spaces of the U.S. Customs Parking lot will be closed and remain closed during the construction period, which is expected to be about one year.

These spots are located adjacent to the existing pump station. The solid waste disposal bin will also be relocated for the duration of the project. Residents are asked to use the existing waste disposal sites in the areas of Enighed Pond, Julius E. Sprauve School or Pine Peace basketball court.

VI WMA, through its contractor Island Roads Corp., will be expanding and upgrading the existing wastewater pump station in Cruz Bay to meet the increasing demands of the town area. The current facility, located adjacent to the public restrooms by the parking lot, has been operational for more than 30 years and has exceeded its useful life. The new facility will prevent failures and spillages from occurring and will facilitate more efficient cost savings operations.

This project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Interior in the amount of $1.184 million, consists of the construction of a new pump station, including the installation of a sewer force main, gravity sewer lines and manholes, the elimination of the existing ejector station and replacing it with an automated submerged system with a wet well and standby generator.

The removal and abandonment of the existing infrastructure of existing sewers, excavation, grading, paving, maintenance and protection of existing utilities will also be included in the project which is scheduled to take about one year to complete.

VI WMA apologized to St. John residents for any inconvenience that this project may cause as the authority works to improve and upgrade the quality of wastewater collection in the Cruz Bay area.

For more information on the project, call VI WMA’s Office of Communications at 715-9110 or 690-4218.