Residents of St Thomas are being warned to brace themselves for water outages the likes of which they are yet to experience, should the controversial Cahill waste-to-energy project proceed.
The parish has had a history of lengthy water shortages, and Member of Parliamentary Cynthia Forde said today that things would only get worse when the Cahill Energy scheme got underway.
Speaking in the House of Assembly on the compulsory acquisition by the Crown of 27.1 acres of land at Vaucluse, St Thomas for the public purpose of the implementation and execution of Government’s green energy programme by the Sanitation Service Authority, Forde argued that the land was really for the Cahill plant.
Noting that large volumes of water will be needed to operate the plant, the St Thomas MP said residents would suffer
as a result.
“This week will be two consecutive months when the residents of St Thomas got very little or no water. It is not unique to St Thomas, because St John and St Andrew suffered several water outages. However, we in the north suffered the most. Now when Cahill comes here and is associated with this land acquisition, and we are not getting water for two months we can anticipate the problems what residents of St Thomas will encounter,” she warned.
“I would like to know how this Government could grant Cahill these concessions to be able to start up a project in Vaucluse, St Thomas, when I know that St Thomas gets no water. All of the water will go to Cahill.”
She also cautioned about the possibility of contaminated water from the plant seeping into the drinking water system
and of imported refuse posing a danger to residents.
The St Thomas MP said her parish must not be seen as the dumping ground of the island, complaining that the parish was already the site of the Mangrove Landfill, B’s Recycling and was now likely to be the site of the Cahill plant.
She charged that districts such as Rock Hall, Dunscombe, Porey Spring, Shop Hill, Duke’s Tenantry, Seaview, Sandy Lane, Arch Hall and Bennetts will be affected by the emissions from the waste project. (NC)