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March 31, 2014
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St Thomas residents benefit from booster station

Approximately 1,710 residents of Thornton, Sunning Hill, Seaforth, Mount Pelier and Prospect in St Thomas are beneficiaries of a water supply booster station and tank valued at J$34 million.

This was funded through the Caribbean Development Bank's (CDB) Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), which is implemented by JSIF.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony of the water supply project, Scarlette Gillings. managing director at JSIF, said that the project specifically speaks to Outcome 1 of the Vision 2030 about a healthy and stable population.

"The project facilitates increased access of residents in rural community to safe potable water which is a direct mitigating strategy against illnesses due to water-borne diseases," she said.

The project involved the installation of a pumping unit and motor control centre and also the laying of approximately 3600m of ductile iron pipeline, with take-off to individual homes.

Gillings added: "The project was a community partnership with residents of Thornton assisting in site clearance before construction, securing and storage of materials and machinery, clean-up after construction and provision of land for the storage tank site, while the parish council ensured proper supervision of the project."

The BNTF programme represents the flagship poverty reduction initiative of the CDB. It is a community development programme that supports health, education, water and sanitation, access and economic activities through skills training, organisational development and infrastructure and services.

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