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Sewer Mapping Projects Begin

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Feb. 22, 2005 – The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority advises the public that the Authority, through its contractor Elipse Consultants, has started inspecting the sewer line system in the St. Thomas/St. John District. The Department of Public Works and VI Waste Management Authority's personnel will be preceding the contractor in locating and identifying the manholes to be opened which may be located on private property.
"Many of the sewer system's manholes are currently located on private property," stated Sonya D. Nelthropp, Interim Executive Director of the Authority, "so we are asking the cooperation of the community in assisting us with easy access to their property for the purpose of inspecting the manholes and sewer lines."
All efforts will be made for personal contact either by phone or in person. Notices will also be delivered door-to-door on a weekly basis, advising the various neighborhoods that personnel will be in their areas performing this work. Larger neighborhoods, such as the Tutu and Bovoni areas, will be invited to neighborhood meetings as the project moves into the respective areas during the summer months. At these meetings, methods of easy access to private property will be discussed with the residents. In particular, residents will be asked to clear the areas around the manholes on their properties for easy access and to restrain all domestic animals, particularly dogs, when the crews will be in their areas.
"The inspection of the sewer lines is necessary for us to further project the level of work required to bring the entire system into compliance and to provide us with an accurate tracking of the sewer collection system", Nethropp concluded.
Elipse Consultants of St. Thomas, in joint venture with Metals & Materials Engineers of Georgia, will be performing inspections of the sewer lines to inspect, televise and map the system. The contractor mobilized on January 24th and will be working on St. Thomas and then moving to St. John to perform the same task.
For more information, contact Alex Bruney, Staff Engineer, at the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority at the Department of Public Works at 776-4844 ext. 244.

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