New water supply ends 30-year ‘drought’ for Clarendon communities
A new water supply system was officially commissioned into service in the Palmetto Pen/Breadnut Bottom/ Rosewell area of Clarendon on Friday.
In a ceremony at the Rosewell Primary School, state officials led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness shred in the happy occasion.
This joint venture between the National Water Commission (NWC) and the Rural Water Supply Limited has resulted in residents from the communities of Breadnut and Rosewell receiving water in their homes for the first time in 30 years.
Interestingly, the pipeline construction work for the project was done at a cost of $38 million to the NWC, which represented a savings of $12 million to the commission on the original project cost.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the Government will continue to invest in the development of public water supplies.
“I will ensure that whatever budget there is...that we spend it in a strategic way,” Holness said.
He noted that while there are engineering challenges to delivering water to some communities, all options will be explored to ensure that Jamaicans have potable water at their disposal.
The prime minister also indicated that the Government is looking at developing a legislative framework for rainwater harvesting in Jamaica. Rainwater harvesting is the harnessing or gathering of rainwater for its use for domestic, agricultural or industrial purposes.
Holness also encouraged the residents to make the necessary payments for the water they use, noting that this will enable the NWC to implement other projects to provide water to other communities across the country.