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Nassau soon to have sufficient potable water supplies

From next month, water will no longer have to be barged into the capital, as desalination plants come on-stream. Pictured: Speaker of the House of Assembly and MP for North Eleuthera Alvin Smith drinks a glass of water produced from the newly commissioned Reverse Osmosis Plant in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera. 

Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011

After more than 30 years, the government will be able to discontinue the barging of water from Andros to New Providence beginning next month, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced Friday in Eleuthera.

The prime minister’s announcement came as he commissioned water works for the Tarpum Bay and Rock Sound settlements.

The only islands of The Bahamas with sufficient ground water to meet the needs of growing communities are Abaco, Andros and Grand Bahama. This does not, however, extend to their cays.  

Bahama Islands such as Rum Cay, Ragged Island, Acklins, Crooked Island, Cat Island and San Salvador, are also water deficient.

“As a consequence alternate means to produce and deliver water had to be found,” said Ingraham. “Water produced from desalination plants has not always been as affordable as it has become with the advance of technology.” 

In recent times the government has installed desalination plants on Exuma, Long Island, Bimini, San Salvador, Inagua, Ragged Island and in New Providence. Plants were also erected in Moore’s Island and Grand Cay Abaco. 

“As in New Providence, my government is committed to improving public infrastructure and improving the quality of public utilities available to Bahamians regardless to their island of residence,”?said Ingraham. “This is not only a matter of convenience; it is very importantly about ensuring the health of our nation. Access to safe, potable water is fundamental to healthy living.”


The realignment of West Bay Street to skirt around the Baha Mar mega-resort marks the first step in the multi-million dollar development. Opened today, the new road clears the way for the next phase of construction. Pictured: Officials pose for opening and handover of the realigned West Bay Street. (Left - right) Baha Mar Chairman and CEO, Sarkis Izmirlian; Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; Baha Mar president, Don Robinson; Minister of Public Works, Neko Grant; Roman Catholic Archbishop of Nassau, Patrick Pinder; Leader of the Official Opposition; Perry Christie, and executive vice-president of development and construction, Tom Dunlap.

Mega-resort on Paradise Island opens another addition to its dining offerings, with an authentic barbecue restaurant. Virgil's Atlantis is part of the Alicart Restaurant Group and can seat 500 diners.

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