Almost 100,000 rural Jamaicans to benefit from water supply project

Jamaica government gives beneficiaries to the nearly 100,000 Jamaicans are poised to benefit from the purified water supply, under a significant project to be fulfilled with the funding support of US$30 million from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Kingston,Jamaica: Jamaica government gives beneficiaries to the nearly 100,000 Jamaicans are poised to benefit from the purified water supply, under a significant project to be fulfilled with the funding support of US$30 million from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

The loan was signed for allocation from the Bank’s Special Resources Funds to the Government of Jamaica, by the CDB’s Board of Directors during their meeting on December 10.

A CDB report today indicated that the project, to be spearheaded by Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), will target upgrades of seven systems serving rural areas in six parishes, at an overall predicted cost of US $36.2 million.

These are located in St Thomas, St Mary, Clarendon, St Ann, St Elizabeth, and Trelawny.

The scheme will also require the installation of catchment and wayside tanks, and rainwater harvesting systems at schools and institutions.

According to the CDB, these inputs are intended to address water supply challenges resulting from power outages, low pressure, and inconsistent quality.

As such, the project is intended to upgrade inadequate and ageing water infrastructure, as well as improve the management and operations of the targeted systems.

In so doing, the project will provide an efficient, reliable and sustainable supply of potable water to the target beneficiaries, while helping to mitigate the negative impacts of climate variability and change.

Head of the CDB’s Economic Infrastructure Division, O’Reilly Lewis, noted that access to clean, safe and affordable water is a “fundamental human right, necessary for public health and social and economic development”.

“Reliable water access is especially important for low-income families as it decreases the time used to collect water – a task often produced by women including children and which can hinder social and economic well-being. This project will take the country closer to the Government’s said goal of achieving universal access to potable water by 2030,” he added.

 

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