The third most populous island treatment plant in the Seychelles will cover 95% of wastewater generated

The current environmental risks caused by the lack of adequate sanitation on La Digue - Seychelles' third most populous island - will be taken into account when building a wastewater treatment plant and a sewer system will be completed in July.

The plant, which will cover 95% of domestic wastewater production at La Digue , is financed by the European Investment Bank, the French Development Agency and the Seychelles Public Utilities Corporation ( PUC ), for a cost of $ 16 million.

Launched last February, the plant is located at the estate of L'Union Estate, near an agricultural area in the south of the island. For a year, the PUC has conducted a survey of all houses on the island.

"The whole island exercise was completed last week. We had to visit each house to conduct the investigation, to see the location of the sewer connections and to establish how each house would be connected to the network, "said project engineer Livio D'Offay.

Mr. D'Offay explained that the system, including service connections for domestic and non-domestic users, will see the installation of sewer pipe as well as the construction of the main pumping station and lifting stations. .

"The project also includes a new wastewater treatment plant with an average throughput of 1,000 cubic meters per day. The treated wastewater will either be recycled for irrigation purposes, for example for agricultural or landscaping purposes. The excess will be infiltrated into the ground, "said the engineer.

Mr. D'Offay stated that the engineering office was under construction. The fence of the wastewater treatment plant is about to start. The installation work of the main pipe will start in 2 months, at the arrival of the containers with the necessary materials for the project.

Technofab Engineering Limited will begin construction of the treatment plant. Technofab is an Indian engineering and construction company with more than 45 years of experience in projects in India and several African countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Ghana and Liberia.

Philippe Morin, director general of the PUC , said that every effort will be made during construction to minimize the negative impacts on the island's ecosystem and the way of life of the islanders.

"Once the work is done, the residents will no longer pay for the connection to the sewer system but they will be billed each month the amount according to the volume of water consumed," said Mr. Morin.

Morin urges residents to understand and cooperate, as there will be disturbances in some areas when sewer lines, pumping and lifting stations, sewers and other infrastructure are being constructed.

Source: Seychelles News Agency