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  • More than 70,000 residents of several communities in deep rural St. James will benefit from the establishment of the Caanan/Adelphi Water Supply System.
  • The $300-million project is being undertaken by the National Water Commission (NWC) through partnership with Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), with funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).
  • It will include installation of a 300,000-gallon storage tank, new pump plant equipment at the Caanan Well, and transmission pipelines to a terminal storage tank at Cedar Hill in Somerton.

More than 70,000 residents of several communities in deep rural St. James will benefit from the establishment of the Caanan/Adelphi Water Supply System.

The $300-million project is being undertaken by the National Water Commission (NWC) through partnership with Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), with funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

It will include installation of a 300,000-gallon storage tank, new pump plant equipment at the Caanan Well, and transmission pipelines to a terminal storage tank at Cedar Hill in Somerton.

Distribution pipelines will be installed in communities such as Somerton, Adelphi, Good Will, Hurlock, Windsor, Chelsea, Irwin and Latium.

Speaking to JIS News at the ground-breaking ceremony in Somerton on February 5, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said that the RSWL has been contracted by the NWC to carry out all major designs and supervise the project.

He said that the water system will be supplied by the Canaan Well, “which has recently been cleaned, pump tested and licensed to produce approximately three million gallons of water per day, which is adequate to serve a population of 70,000 people, each provided with approximately 35 gallons per day”.

Minister Bartlett, who is Member of Parliament for East Central St. James, said that the project will ensure reliable access to water for thousands of residents of the parish.

“Many take for granted the ability to simply turn on their taps to the gushing sound of clean water. The truth is we cannot survive without water and it is a basic commodity and right we all must be able to access,” he noted.

Mr. Bartlett said that he looks forward to the completion of the project, which will address existing and future water demands for residential and commercial use.