Oct. 1, 2003 – In another month, the wastewater treatment plants in the Old Tutu and New Tutu housing communities will cease to exist, if all goes according to plan. They've already ceased to function.
The plants are among five such facilities on the eastern portion of St. Thomas that have been taken offline within the last year, as sewage was rerouted to the new Mangrove Lagoon/Turpentine Run treatment plant, which opened in August of 2002. (See "Mangrove Lagoon treatment plant dedicated".)
Island Roads Corp. has begun the demolition work at the New Tutu and Old Tutu sites. The work entails removal of the buildings, buried pipework and other concrete structures, according to a Government House release distributed on Wednesday. The dismantling is expected to be completed within the next four months, it said, and after that, the land will be graded to encourage the regrowth of natural vegetation.
Public Works Commissioner Wayne Callwood said he hopes that residents will keep the two areas clean, so as to "assist in the ongoing beautification efforts of the administration."
Once the plants have been demolished, Callwood said, "Tutu residents will notice the improvements to the areas and the lack of the offensive odors that they have been subjected to over the years."
The release said that Callwood had reported to Gov. Charles W. Turnbull that the "commencement of the demolition" was "almost completed."
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