Water boost for St Bess communities
More than 1,200 residents now have more reliable access to potable water following the commissioning into service of the $113 million Luana to Middle Quarters Pipeline Project in St Elizabeth.
The beneficiary communities are Luana, Baptist, Point, Middle Quarters, Cragie, Clinic Road and sections of New Holland.
The project, undertaken by the National Water Commission (NWC), includes construction, testing and commissioning into service of approximately five kilometres of 150 mm (6") distribution pipeline from Luana Well to Middle Quarters, among other works.
Approximately 400,000 gallons of water are produced daily at the Luana Well Station, which was being distributed through an old four-inch cast-iron pipeline.
Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Matthew Samuda, said that the newly laid pipeline will provide improved service to the communities, as several elevated areas are now receiving piped water.
He said that the system will support the communities for more than 20 years.
"That's what this administration is about... giving residents the ability to access water from their own pipes. Trucking only becomes necessary during emergency situations," Samuda said while speaking at the commissioning ceremony in Middle Quarters on July 7.