Communities in and around Spanish Town, St. Catherine, now have an improved water supply with the commissioning of the Sligoville Road Transmission Main in St. Catherine, on Wednesday (December 16), by Water and Housing Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang.
The transmission pipeline is one segment of the project to improve the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) Water Supply System. It extends from Waterloo, in the foothills of Sligoville, to the St. Jago Heights/Greendale area allowing for 2.2 million gallons of water to be transmitted daily.
Dr. Chang said that the pipeline supplies areas such as Keystone, Montaque Heights, Gravel Hill, Tryall Heights, St. Jago Grove, Lauriston, Greendale, Twickenham Gardens, and eastern Spanish Town, including Burke Road and the Spanish Town Public Hospital.
He noted that many of the communities usually have frequent water lock offs, with some having water for only two days per week. However, he assured that the water lock-offs will end when the works are completed.
Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang (left), surveying the Angels Hill Reservoir during a tour of sub-projects under the Kingston Metropolitan Area Water Supply System project in St. Catherine, on Wednesday (December 16). Beside him is Member of Parliament for the St. Catherine East Central, Natalie Neita-Headley.
The Water and Housing Minister also toured the Ariguanabo Exploratory Well Station, Angels Well Station and Angels Hill Reservoir, to view the progress of the work.
He said he was happy that the contractors, Japanese company, Hazama, are ahead of the scheduled September 2010 completion date. Completion of the works should see an additional five million gallons of water being made available to residents of the Greater Spanish Town area.
“Water will run from that reservoir which will have a capacity of 250,000 gallons and into the Job Lane Centre, which has a capacity of some 1.7 million gallons, and pumped back to the entire Spanish Town area. So, we expect to see improvement in all of the Spanish Town area where water supply is concerned, including the dry season,” Dr. Chang explained.
He noted that a reliable water supply is critical to development of the parish, and said that when the Jamaica Water Sector Programme comes on stream next year, the water supply in all of St. Catherine should be significantly improved.
Member of Parliament for Central St. Catherine, Hon. Olivia Grange, welcomed the upgrades being done to the system and, especially, the commissioning of the transmission pipeline which, she said, would improve the reliability of the water supply.
Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang (second left), discussing the possibilities of the rehabilitated Angels Well Station with (from left): team leader for the consultants on the project, Shinsuke Hino; Member of Parliament for St. Catherine Central, Hon Olivia Grange; National Water Commission Project Manager for the KMA Project, Gareth Jackson; and Member of Parliament for the St. Catherine East Central, Natalie Neita-Headley.
The Minister was touring sub-projects under the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) Water Supply System in St. Catherine, on Wednesday (December 16).
“Within some communities there are still some concerns about pipes being replaced and the supply reaching inside some of the communities. The Minister has assured us that he will expedite those smaller projects,” she noted.
Member of Parliament for St. Catherine East Central, Natalie Neita-Headley, who was also on the tour, said she was “elated” to see the project so far advanced.
“I am heartened, and I hope the people will take care of the supply that is being commissioned here today, that it won’t be vandalised going forward. It is really something that is going to improve some of the areas,” she added.