America’s Cup to bring Untreated Sewage to Great Sound
Published on April 1st, 2016
Hamilton, Bermuda (1 April 2016) – The Bermudian Government, Municipal, QUANGO, and Private Sector stakeholders are collaborating to ensure an excellent venue for the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.
Following a study of the 2016 Olympic Games sailing venue of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, which was undertook to determine the characteristics that were required for this elite competition, it was concluded that radical changes were needed to bring Bermuda’s Great Sound to the level found appropriate for the Rio Games.
Thus, with a generous grant from America’s Cup owner Larry Ellison, work will begin immediately on re-routing the untreated sewage outfall pipes from the City of Hamilton and the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital from their current location off Grape Bay Beach on the South Shore, redirecting them northwest through Paget Marsh to Salt Kettle Bay on the eastern edge of Great Sound.
It is estimated that, because of favorable wind and tidal action, this project will consistently deliver between 500,000 and 1,000,000 gallons of raw sewage to the sailing areas to guarantee that the America’s Cup matches will be sailed in the same conditions deemed suitable for the Olympic Games.
Also, the approximately 65,000 residents of Bermuda are requested to participate in this effort by saving unwanted household furnishings and deceased dogs and cats to hold in reserve should more waste be needed when the America’s Cup events start.