Trenail, Maggoty gets water

December 12, 2017
Omar Sweeney, managing director of the JSIF (second left) and J.C. Hutchnson, the member of parliament for North West St Elizabeth (third left) at the handover of the Trenail, Maggoty water system last week.

The residents of Trenail in Maggotty, St Elizabeth, are now able to see water running from their taps after the commissioning of a water supply system that serves Trenail and other neighbouring communities.

The rehabilitation of the water supply system was done through a project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank's Basic Needs Trust Fund, which is implemented and managed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).

Some 3,400 residents of Trenail and surrounding districts will benefit from the rehabilitated water supply system, which was done at a cost of $24.8 million.

Omar Sweeney, managing director of the JSIF, said that he was pleased to hand over the system as he knew that a lack of water presented an uncomfortable situation, especially for women and children who need water for daily activities.

"We know that without water, life is uncomfortable. Having water enables better, more productive activities by women and children, especially in the household, and so this is the type of upliftment that we want to see with this type of investment," he said.

J.C. Hutchinson, who is the member of parliament for the area, lauded the JSIF for its work with rural communities such as Trenail. He said that residents should continue to use their power in numbers to advocate for improvements to their community.

"For any project to come into an area, it has to come through an organisation. No one man can come and apply to JSIF and say they want a project," said Hutchinson, who is the de facto agriculture minister.

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