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  • An allocation of just over $18 million has been set aside in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, to further undertake activities under the Water Sector Policy, and Rural Master Plan.
  • For this fiscal year, the money will go towards preparing and distributing the final copies of the Water Sector Policy document, and Rural Master Plan.
  • The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change with funding from the Government of Jamaica, and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

An allocation of just over $18 million has been set aside in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, to further undertake activities under the Water Sector Policy, and Rural Master Plan.

The project, which began in April 2011, is intended to provide access by some 85 per cent of rural households to safe potable water.

This, through the development of a Rural Water Master Plan that will provide the foundation for an integrated, strategic, comprehensive, and systematic approach to addressing project planning and implementation.

Additionally, through the establishment of a Water Sector Policy, and Strategy and Action Plan, realistic timeframes will be set for the provision of full access to safe potable water, while the role of the private sector in water management will be reviewed.

For this fiscal year, the money will go towards preparing and distributing the final copies of the Water Sector Policy document, and Rural Master Plan.

Up to February 2014, terms of reference for steering committees and consultants were prepared; consultants were selected; steering committees established, and meetings held, in keeping with their terms of reference.

The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change with funding from the Government of Jamaica, and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The project, which initially ran until March 2012, was subsequently extended by 20 months, and is now slated for completion in December 2014.