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Over 29,000 residents of eastern St. Mary are to benefit from improvements to the water system serving their communities, through $800 million in investment by the National Water Commission (NWC) and Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL).

Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who made the announcement in Port Maria, St. Mary, on Friday, March 8, informed that the project, slated to commence later this year, will entail extensive infrastructural works.

These include: improvements to the Cresser Spring water intake facility at Iterboreale and development of new water sources at Chovey; rehabilitation of the water treatment plant and pumping station also at Iterboreale; and rehabilitation of the Agualta Vale pumping station.

The project will also entail construction of pumping stations at Bellfield, Nutfield and Highgate; installation of pipelines between Iterboreale, Bellfield, Highgate, Nutfield and Hopewell; improvements to the distribution network in Highgate and Islington; and rehabilitating existing reservoirs at Clermont, Highgate and Nutfield.

“Detailed engineering designs are now in progress and implementation is scheduled to be carried out over a period of 15 to 18 months, commencing in the second half of this year,” Mr. Pickersgill said.

 

By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter