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  • Thirty catchment tanks are slated to be rehabilitated during this financial year at a cost of $45.188 million.
  • The project falls under the Rainwater Harvesting and Catchment Tank Rehabilitation Programme, which started in 2012.
  • Minister Pickersgill added that the exercise will begin at York Castle in North Western St. Ann and Port Sea in South Eastern St. Elizabeth, during the first quarter of this financial year.

Thirty catchment tanks are slated to be rehabilitated during this financial year at a cost of $45.188 million.

The project falls under the Rainwater Harvesting and Catchment Tank Rehabilitation Programme, which started in 2012.

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

The money for this year will go towards the repair of two catchment tanks in Clarendon. Ten are located in the hilly area of Eastern and Western Westmoreland; six in Manchester; six in St. Ann; and six in St. Elizabeth.

He said one of the major aspects of the project to be executed this year is the replacement of tank covers. “Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL) has designed a ferro cement light weight roofing to be utilized to replace several uncovered tanks located islandwide,” he informed.

The Minister added that the exercise will begin at York Castle in North Western St. Ann and Port Sea in South Eastern St. Elizabeth, during the first quarter of this financial year.

Highlighting the significance of rainwater harvesting, he said this is crucial as one of the impacts of climate water is severe drought. “Climate Change is telling us that rainwater harvesting is not a technique of the past,” he said, adding that this will lead to water security.

Minister Pickersgill further noted that since the start of the Rainwater Harvesting and Catchment Tank Rehabilitation Programme, investigations and designs have been carried out on 81 of the 282 Local Government existing catchment tanks island wide. Sixty tanks have been rehabilitated.

Mr. Pickersgill informed that for the 2013/14 financial year, a total of $50.7 million was spent for the rehabilitation of an additional 39 catchment tanks. These included 12 in St. Ann; two in Clarendon; seven in Manchester; three in Westmoreland; two in St. Catherine; two in St. James; seven in Trelawny; and four in St. Elizabeth.

The Communities that have benefitted from the complete rehabilitation of these tanks include: Epworth-Friendship in South East St. Ann; York Castle-Farm in North West St. Ann; Inverness-Aboukir and Fullerton Park in South West St. Ann; Good Hope, Evans Corner and Quick Step, in North West St. Elizabeth; Bruntie in Eastern Westmoreland; Birds and Porters Mountain in Central Westmoreland; Good Hall – Content in East Central St. James; Cedar Valley; and Mount Moreland in North Central St. Catherine.

“Materials have been purchased for the rehabilitation of an additional ten catchment tanks in communities located in St. Elizabeth, Clarendon and St. Ann.  Works have already commenced during the first quarter of this Financial Year,” he noted.