Water at last! - Pennants gets life-saving commodity
More than 2,000 residents of Pennants and surrounding communities in Clarendon are set to benefit from the opening of a water shop.
Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said the water shop, which was commissioned into service last Thursday, will store 16,000 gallons of treated water for the community.
"This project, between building the facility and repairing the road, has cost the Ministry of Local Government over $25 million," he said.
The water shop concept will see facilities being established islandwide to dramatically improve the availability of potable water for residents in communities and regions of the island usually affected by drought. Persons are able to buy water from the shops.
Meanwhile, McKenzie said the National Water Commission will be conducting an audit of all standpipes across the country.
"That audit is to determine which standpipes are viable and to find out the ones that are not working, and when we have concluded that audit, then we will have to look to see how best we can reduce the number of standpipes by virtue of the audit that is being undertaken," he said.