April 3, 2003 People should not use the waters in Cane Garden Bay and Billy French Pond on the South Side of St. Croix, Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Dean Plaskett said, until the Figtree Pump Station is fixed and no longer discharging raw sewage into the Figtree Gut.
Plaskett said waters in that area should not be used for activities like fishing and bathing and his department will continue to monitor the impacted areas and inform the public of the water quality there.
Public Works' Commissioner Wayne Callwood said the station is inoperable due to a failed starter on the emergency pump, causing another bypassing of sewage into the Figtree Gut.
He said the Figtree Station "has been utilizing an emergency pump while the department awaits the arrival of new pumps from off-island."
Callwood said repairs to that emergency pump should be completed within 24 hours. He said once the new pumps for both the LBJ and Figtree pump stations are on-island, within the next four to eight weeks, Public Works anticipates that such mechanical failures will not occur as frequently as they have been in recent months.
The LBJ Pump Station, Callwood said, was operational Wednesday after repairs put it back on-line. He said the bypassing of treated sewage into the sea stopped on Saturday, upon completion of initial repairs and the installation of a TY connector that would allow for the bypassing of sewage if it were to fail in the future.
He said this would allow the flow from Christiansted to proceed through the force main through Catherine's Rest and then gravity-fed to the Figtree Station without the need to bypass treated sewage into the ocean.
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