Public Works/Infrastructure

Govt blasted on capital's drainage

May 29, 2013

The former minister of works and urban development is blasting government for failing to ensure local contractors adequately clean storm sewers and wells in the capital.
Neko Grant, the member of Parliament (MP) for Central Grand Bahama, called on the Philip Brave Davis to provide proof that contracts were issued for the cleaning of wells. Davis, the current minister of works and urban development, did not respond to requests for comment before press time.
However, during a press conference yesterday, Davis did note that private contractors have been enlisted to deal with the wells following the latest storm.
"There is a real question as to whether they were cleaned," Grant told Guardian Business. "We have conflicting reports. We have an engineer from the Ministry of Works who suggested they would endeavor to clean the wells. Then we had a contractor saying the wells did not function. It raises the question as to whether the wells were properly cleaned on time."
The MP said that wells were cleaned by four main contractors on New Providence during the last Free National Movement (FNM) administration.
Last week, parts of the capital were severely flooded after long periods of heavy rainfall, which caused power outages, lost revenue for businesses and big losses for local insurance companies.
Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology issued a warning yesterday that New Providence can expect more excessive rainfall and flooding between now and Friday, as well as thunderstorms and possible tornadoes.
The poor weather has not only raised the question of proper well maintenance by contractors, but also whether government has properly invested in the capital's infrastructure.
Glen Laville, the general manager of Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC), said there needs to be an overall improvement in storm water drainage.
Nassau had been improperly planned in the past, he said, and new measures must be put in place to protect residents and businesses. The WSC executive said many areas that used to be wetlands have now become residential subdivisions.
"Concrete, asphalt and all these things change the runoff situation. The removal of vegetation and trees also plays a role," he explained. "Like anything it comes down to a national development plan and a financial plan to implement it."
Laville told Guardian Business that everyone knows where rainwater tends to accumulate in dangerous quantities. Therefore, new building codes must be imposed so houses in Pinewood, for example, are one or two feet higher to avoiding any flooding.
"A lot of people end up suffering otherwise. A lot of people say buyer beware, but people in residential areas are looking for a home and not thinking about these things, they put their trust in regulators."
The WSC chief said that only the new highways and downtown areas have proper interconnected drainage systems, where water collects and goes out to sea. Many existing roads are challenged because there is no central collection system.
Water typically goes into the ground, although that capacity is severely diminished depending on the amount of rainwater. This second bout of rainfall could present even bigger challenges for residents and businesses.
One Easter Road resident said she sustained more than $50,000 in damage when water flowed through the ground floor of her home. She said the government suffers from a "national paralysis" that seems to stop leaders from planning.
"The reality is that New Providence is a low-lying island, despite the ridge that runs along the center. Yet we continue to allow more and more construction without provision for drainage," she said.
"The more concrete, the less area available for water to drain naturally, to soak into the land. In the absence of a plan that shows areas set aside as drainage canals or water recreation areas or ponds, we will continue to face flooding when we have extraordinary conditions as occurred on May 21."

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Jack Nicklaus Returns to Baha Mar
Jack Nicklaus Returns to Baha Mar

May 07, 2013

Golf legend and course designer Jack Nicklaus returned to the site of the future Jack Nicklaus
Signature Design Golf Course at Baha Mar to review the development of the course since his
last visit in February 2013. During the current visit, Nicklaus carefully inspected the 18-hole,
par-72 course, providing a strategy for the holes according to his vision of how golfers will play
each hole. The Golden Bear’s input on the strategy of the course includes features such as
bunker placement and green design which incorporate the contours of the local landscape
while creating a scenic golf course that is suitable for a broad variety of players.

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Ten Years and Still no Payout to Workers

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NEMA Promotes Safer Building Practices

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Reduced Foreign Labor on Airport Highway Project

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