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The Rural Water Supply Project has received an allocation of $70 million, as outlined in the Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
The project, which began in April 2002, aims to improve the basic sanitary/health conditions by increasing the coverage of potable water and sanitation services in poor rural areas as defined in the Jamaica Poverty Map (JPM).
Under the project so far, the delivery of pipes and fittings for the White Horses Water Supply Scheme has been completed. Other water schemes completed include: the Cotterwood, Pamphret/Botany Bay and White Horses water supply schemes.
Additionally, beneficiaries in the Community Water Organisations have been trained; computers and other equipment for the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) have been purchased; pipes have been procured for the construction of the Mile Gully and Gravel Hill water supply schemes; and approval received for the procurement of tanks for the Gibraltore Water Supply Scheme.
It is expected that for the current fiscal year, the following targets will be met: complete the civil works contract for the Gravel Hill Water Supply Scheme; complete the civil works contract for the Mile Gully/Warwick Castle Water Supply Scheme; construct 25 sanitation solutions; and complete the office buildings for the Cotterwood Water Supply Scheme and the Pamphret/Botany Bay and White Horses water supply schemes.
The Rural Water Supply Project is funded by the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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