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The town of Port Antonio in Portland is slated to benefit from a major upgrading of its water, sewage and drainage facilities, under a government of Jamaica and European Investment Bank-financed project.
The Port Antonio Water, Sewage and Drainage Project, which is set to get underway in November at a cost of 39 million Euros, will provide improved water supply, a safe and sustainable means of disposing waste and protection against flooding.
Randy Maxwell, project manager at the National Water Commission (NWC), which will be implementing the project, told JIS News that while the works would be confined to the area between the Little Annotto River and the Caneside River, its impact would stretch from the mouth of the Rio Grande River in St. Margaret’s Bay to Fairy Hill on the coast, and inland as far as Fellowship, Nonsuch, Cambridge and Sherwood Forest.
The project, he said, would be undertaken in two phases, with phase one to last for 18 months, and would entail the upgrading of the existing water distribution system, the construction of a new sewage collection network, and the reduction of flooding between the Annotto River and the Caneside River. Under phase two, a sewage treatment plant will be constructed at Turtle Crawle, while the facility at Grant’s Level will be upgraded.
Mr. Maxwell assured that the works would have no negative environmental impact and indicated that the NWC, consultants and contractors, were bound by the environmental impact assessment and environmental management plan, which have been prepared.
He noted further that the contractor was expected to prepare a traffic management plan to detail how delays, temporary road closures and the use of diversionary routes would be managed.
Mr. Maxwell said that the project would complement other developmental initiatives in the town including the Port Antonio West Harbour re-development and the construction of segment three of the Northern Coastal Highway development.