Freeman’s Hall to get water

November 21, 2017
In this 2007 photo, housewives from Freeman's Hall were seen one of their weekly washdays at the Quashie River in Trelawny

Residents of Freeman's Hall in southern Trelawny should soon have a sustainable source of water in their community as the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica has approved a J$5 million project to provide them with water.

The project, which is being coordinated by the Southern Trelawny Environmental Agency (STEA), will see the construction of a state-of-the-art 15,000-gallon, concrete storage tank with special features to ensure that it functions properly.

"The STEA was approached by the school to help them overcome the challenges they had with water during the dry periods," said Meliisa Brown, a representative of STEA.

The water project is welcome news to the staff and student at the Freeman's Hall Primary and Infant School as they envisage an end to their long-standing water woes.

"It means a whole lot to the school," said Anne Brown, a teacher at the school. "We will not now need to be spending the $15,000 to purchase water, which only lasts for two weeks."

Brown said STEA is extremely pleased that they able to do something positive for the 150 students at the school, who will benefit from the water tank project.

"This is the second project of its kind that we are embarking on," said Brown. "In February this year, we established one at Albert Town Primary, where 400 students are now benefiting. It has helped to alleviate the problems caused by the lack of surface water."

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