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Minister of Information and Development, Hon. Donald Buchanan, announced yesterday (November 13), that Cabinet has approved the award of a contract for rehabilitation works on the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) Water Supply Project.
Mr. Buchanan, who was speaking at the post-Cabinet press briefing, held at Jamaica House, said Cabinet was aware that the National Water Commission (NWC), with assistance from the Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC), intended to improve water supply services to the communities of Greater Spanish Town and South East St. Catherine by way of the KMA.
“This contract is one that is going to have major impact on the reliability of the water supply system in that area. Over the years, much of the water supply system from that area has been directed towards supplying the Corporate Area with water, and many of the areas in South St. Catherine have been suffering from a serious deficit in terms of water supply,” the Minister pointed out.
The contract has been awarded to Sogea-Satom at a cost of $541.2 million and 11.3 million Euros.
Cabinet also approved a contract to GM Associates Limited to carry out improvement works in the Mammee Bay Water Supply Project in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. The contract is valued at $17.9 million.
Minister Buchanan noted that in the near future, there would also be improvement in terms of the general water supply system for not just the Ocho Rios area, but the North Coast in general, “as these areas are witnessing unprecedented levels of investment and development”.