NAWASA Announces Crucial Infrastructure Upgrade At Concord And Mt. Plaisir Water Treatment Plants

PR – The National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) is preparing to undertake a vital project at the Concord and Mt. Plaisir Water Treatment Plants, as part of its ongoing maintenance initiative. The focus of this initiative is the removal and replacement of the domes on the Clearwater storage tanks, which are essential components in the final stage of the water treatment process.

The existing domes, covering the steel tanks at both sites, have shown signs of compromise with structural integrity issues that, if left unaddressed, could lead to potential disruptions in operations at both Water Treatment Plants. These facilities play a critical role in supplying water to the Concord and Mt. Plaisir regions.  The Concord Water Treatment Plant serves Concord along the western main road all the way to the city of St. George’s and Mt. Plaisir serves Mt. Plaisir, Grand Roy, Marigot, Gouyave, up to Maran and surrounding areas.

Engineer Todd La Barrie, who has oversight of the project, explains that “There is a certain level of structural failure that could occur, if these domes are not changed… and we want to be proactive with it and change them before they have any negative impacts on the operations at the plant as well as the supply areas that Concord and Mt. Plaisir feeds”.

To proactively manage the impact on consumers during the two-month project duration (January to March), NAWASA emphasizes the importance of residents in the affected areas maintaining active water storage, as the potential effects include interruptions during plant shutdowns and reduced water availability during peak demand periods, especially on weekends. “We always advise and advocate that customers have some level of storage, but we’re imploring even more on the customers in this area, who would be in the affected zone while this project is going on, that you have to have active storage for those points in times when the supply may be limited, or interrupted,” Engineer La Barrie emphasized.

NAWASA is implementing various measures to mitigate inconveniences, including hydraulic simulations, deployment of water trucks and wagons, and rerouting nearby systems to reduce demand on Concord. Elevated areas may experience reduced water pressure during peak times, and NAWASA encourages customers to be proactive in requesting water deliveries in advance.

The project is strategically scheduled during the early stages of the dry season to minimize the risk of heavy rainfall interruptions. However, NAWASA advises all customers in the affected zones to remain vigilant and ensure they have sufficient active water storage.

In response to potential inconveniences, NAWASA has engaged in a comprehensive communication plan, informing key stakeholders such as medical stations, police, fire departments, schools, health centers, and tourism entities. The authority assures the public that safety measures have been prioritized, and every effort will be made to minimize traffic disruptions, particularly in the Concord Falls tourist zone.

NAWASA acknowledges the cooperation and understanding of the general public and affected customers during this crucial infrastructure upgrade. The authority remains committed to ensuring the safety and reliability of water supply systems, ultimately contributing to the well-being of the communities it serves.