Water project to benefit St Thomas Eastern

October 22, 2021
Dr Michelle Charles, member of parliament for St Thomas Eastern, makes her contribution to the State of the Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Dr Michelle Charles, member of parliament for St Thomas Eastern, makes her contribution to the State of the Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Residents of St Thomas Eastern are set to benefit from improved water supply under a project to upgrade the Airy Castle/Port Morant water system.

Member of Parliament Dr Michelle Charles said the upgrade forms part of the Caribbean Development Bank rural water supply programme. She was making her maiden contribution to the State of the Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Charles noted that detailed designs are scheduled to be completed by January. She informed that implementation will commence 12 months after funding is finalised by the Government of Jamaica in the amount of $500 million.

"The replacement of pipelines, in conjunction with the South Coast Highway Improvement Programme, is expected to cost approximately $700 million," she said.

Bemoaning the water-supply challenges in the constituency, she said the National Water Commission is embarking on a programme to bring improved access and distribution of water. Charles noted that while water has been trucked to several areas, "this is an unsustainable method of water supply".

Some of the areas that have been supplied with trucked water include Spring Garden, Dalvey, Leith Hall, Lyssons and Rowlandsfield.

"The phrase 'water is the source of life' is often overused. However, it has great significance. In my constituency, there are many drums and tanks, which sit empty, and piped water is an envied commodity," she said.

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