MONTEGO BAY – The New Roads community water tank in Westmoreland, which serves over 2000 residents, has been rehabilitated at a cost of just over $1 million.
Funding for the project was jointly provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) of State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for East Westmoreland, where the facility is located, Hon. Luther Buchanan.
The USAID provided some $582,000 (approximately US$6000), while just over $480,000 (US$5000) was allocated from the CDF.
The Social Development Commission (SDC) spearheaded the project’s implementation with support from the East Westmoreland Straw Craft Producers Co-operative, and Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), among other stakeholders.
Speaking at Friday’s (March 22) handing over ceremony for the tank, State Minister for Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, underscored the need to enhance the ability of communities to tap into and access potential water sources for storage, in order to alleviate challenges such as drought.
In this regard, he said rehabilitation of the New Roads water tank is indicative of what can be achieved through collaboration by various private and public sector stakeholders, in addressing such challenges.
In his remarks, Mr. Buchanan urged the residents to ensure the facility is properly maintained so that it
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