JIS News

Several communities across the island served by the National Water Commission (NWC) are soon to benefit from improved water supply and sewerage services with the receipt of some US$2.5 million worth of pipes and equipment from China under the Jamaica Water Systems Rehabilitation and Extension Project.
Water and Housing Minister Donald Buchanan speaking at the official unloading and reception ceremony on the grounds of the National Water Commission’s Mona reservoir in St. Andrew this morning (Jan. 4), said the pipes, which were the first batch to be received under the project, would play a significant part in fulfilling the NWC’s and the Ministry’s commitment to improving and expanding its services to customers island wide.
Mr. Buchanan said the shipment, which consisted of fifty two 40 foot high containers containing PVC pipes of various sizes would be used for both water supply and sewerage services.
He noted that the contribution was not only appreciated because it represented the fruition of a positive and growing relationship between both governments, but “moreso because of the significant number of expansion and improvement projects which the NWC will be undertaking with China”.
Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, Zhao Zhenyu in his response said the importance the Chinese Government attached to Jamaica’s water supply system was evidenced in the signing of three Cooperation Agreements with the Jamaican Government since 1996, two of which were successfully implemented in 1997 and 2000.
The present shipment is the fruition of the third accord based on the Concessional Loan Framework Agreement and the Loan Agreement signed in February 2004 and February 2005 between both governments. The Chinese Ambassador said Sino-Jamaican relations have progressed rapidly especially with the high level visits of Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong to Jamaica in February 2005 and Prime Minister P.J. Patterson’s June 2005 visit to the Republic.
In the meantime Chief Engineer and Senior Vice President of the NWC, Franklin Williams speaking in a JIS News interview said most of the pipes have been earmarked for immediate projects in several areas including the Kellits Water Supply in Clarendon, the Albert Town Water Supply in Trelawny, the Mile Gully Water Supply in Manchester, the Elderslie Water Supply in St. James, Goshen in St. Elizabeth, Broadgate in St. Mary and the Higgin Town Water Supply in St. Ann as well as a number of water supply projects in Central Westmoreland.
The Chief Engineer said the batch also contained pipes to be utilized in ongoing maintenance and replacement projects for the Corporate Area. A second shipment of pipes is expected in the island by mid February under the same project.