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  • Cabinet has approved two contracts valued at about $87.4 million for the upgrading of water supply systems in Westmoreland and Hanover.
  • A sum of $43.7 million has been awarded to Bacchus Engineering Limited.
  • Approximately seven kilometers of new pipeline will be laid.

Cabinet has approved two contracts valued at about $87.4 million for the upgrading of water supply systems in Westmoreland and Hanover.

A sum of $43.7 million has been awarded to Bacchus Engineering Limited for works on the Bethel Town Water Supply and Distribution system in Eastern Westmoreland.

The works are necessary to meet the needs of existing and prospective customers in the communities of Wedderburn, Argyle Mountain, and Haughton Hill.

Providing details at a Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, December 18, Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said approximately seven kilometers of new pipeline will be laid. Work begins this month, with completion set for September 2014.

This contract will be financed from the National Water Commission’s (NWC) K-Factor Fund, and is included in the NWC’s 2013 budget.

Meanwhile, the Cascade Water Supply Scheme in Hanover is also to be upgraded at a cost of $43.7 million.

More than nine kilometers of new pipeline will be installed along the German Hill to Retrieve Road.The contract has been awarded to Frederick Rodrigues and Associates Limited.