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  • Residents of Portmore are now experiencing improved distribution in water supply.
  • Over J$1 billion dollars were spent on the development of new water sources for South East St. Catherine.
  • The project involved the construction of 10 kilometres (km) of 30 inch transmission main from the Rio Cobre pipeline in Caymanas.

Mr Speaker, residents of Portmore are now experiencing improved distribution in water supply. As Member of Parliament, I have lobbied hard for significant improvements in this area. I am therefore pleased, Mr Speaker, that over J$1 billion dollars were spent on the development of new water sources for South East St. Catherine. The project involved the construction of 10 kilometres (km) of 30 inch transmission main from the Rio Cobre pipeline in Caymanas, across Mandela Highway, along Municipal Boulevard, and to the existing Marley Hill Reservoir at Braeton.

Mr. Speaker, I have spoken to the issue of the Waste Water Treatment Plant Systems at every presentation that I have made in this Honourable House – especially as it relates to Bridgeport and Independence City.  Today I feel very achieved and proud to announce that more than 200,000 residents across the Portmore Municipality are expected to benefit from improved sewage facilities, as work is underway on the approximately Two point Three Billion Dollars ($2.3B) Portmore Sewage Project.

The duration of this project will be over Forty Five (45) months and involves the decommissioning of the five existing wastewater treatment plants, which are in an advanced state of disrepair.

The plants include:  Independence City, Bridgeport, Hamilton Gardens, Portmore Villas, and Caymanas Gardens, which receive a combined flow of just over 18,200 cubic metres per day.  They will be converted into transfer pumping stations for the delivery of effluent to the Soapberry Wastewater Treatment Plant in St. Catherine, which has the capacity to treat some 75,000 cubic metres of sewage per day.  South East St. Catherine will be impacted by eighty percent (80%) of the overall project.

Mr. Speaker, another major project being undertaken in South East St. Catherine at the cost of Seventy Million Dollars ($70M), is the total rehabilitation of the George Lee Boulevard. This involves the rehabilitation of the road as well as drain cleaning and the reconstruction of drains.  I want to take this opportunity to thank the Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Hon. Dr. Omar Davies as well as my fellow State Minister, Hon. Richard Azan who with his technical team visited the constituency, recognized the need for the project and saw to its implementation…READ MORE

Download Contribution to the 2014/2015 Sectoral Debate by the Hon. Colin Fagan

 

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