A sum of $465 million has been allocated to the National Water Commission (NWC) to fund the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) Water Supply Project.
Details of the allocation are outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
With funding support provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the project will provide an improved water supply system to the KMA, including Greater Spanish Town, Southeast St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew, to keep pace with the rapid industrial and housing developments in these areas.
This will be done through: rehabilitation of existing water supply facilities; development of new supply sources; and measures to enhance the sustainability of the groundwater aquifer.
Targets for this financial year include: finalising documentation for easements acquired and completion of civil works; installation of nine flow meters; and continuation of NWC operational efficiency programmes.
Activities completed since the project began in June 2001 include: rehabilitation works; procurement of 95 bulk flow meters for non-revenue water reduction and control programme, with 38 installed.
In addition, new sources of supply for Spanish Town have been completed, so too detailed engineering designs and tender documents for other lots, procurement of consultancy services (supervision), and NWC Diagnostic Study and Improvement Programme.
A three-year action plan for institutional development and operation efficiency was also executed and is ongoing.
The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter