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June 6, 2014
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Increased rainwater harvesting for schools

The ministries of education and water, land, environment and climate change will continue implementing rainwater-harvesting solutions for schools in areas with no potable water supply system during this fiscal year.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

He reported that the Aabuthnott Gallimore High School, south western St Ann, has so far benefitted from the upgrading of its system.

Constructed at a cost of $3.6 million, the system was commissioned into service earlier this year. Under the project, rainwater is harvested from the school's concrete-slab roofs and stored in two 4,000-gallon steel tanks, as well as an existing 100,000-gallon circular steel tank. The system is designed to help the school eliminate $500,000 spent yearly to purchase trucked water.

Minister Pickersgill said a rainwater-harvesting project was also undertaken in the Giblatore area of north central, St Catherine, and benefited more than 700 households.

He explained that the project involved the installation of roof guttering and plastic tanks.

The project is being implemented by the Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL) and is designed to assist the school community to overcome severe water shortage. Other schools to have benefited include Chatsworth Primary and Maldon High Schools in St James.

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