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  • Over one million Jamaicans are expected to have improved water supply under a $1 billion Tank and Pump Rehabilitation Project.
  • Under the programme, 52 wells have been identified for rehabilitation, 11 of which have already been inspected.
  • Contract documents for the procurement of pumps and the drafting of Bill of Quantities are in place for the repair and replacement of tanks.

Over one million Jamaicans are expected to have improved water supply under a $1 billion Tank and Pump Rehabilitation Project.

Under the programme, 52 wells have been identified for rehabilitation, 11 of which have already been inspected by the Rural Water Supply Limited.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 3.

The Minister said contract documents for the procurement of pumps and the drafting of Bill of Quantities are in place for the repair and replacement of tanks.

“It is estimated that each well will cost about $10 million to rehabilitate. In addition, based on the initial evaluations, approximately 73 pumping units will be replaced under this phase of the project,” Mr. Pickersgill said.

The project is being implemented in two phases. The Minister informed that phase one is currently underway and will result in a reduction in energy costs of approximately $250 million annually.

Mr. Pickersgill pointed out that the Tank and Pump Rehabilitation Project will address unreliability issues and will increase the storage capacity to offset the adverse effects of drought on the affected communities.

“Climate Change scientists are warning of more severe drought events in the future, and so we will need to ensure the water security of our communities,” the Minister said.