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The Government of Jamaica, is currently negotiating financing for the construction of the Kingston and St. Andrew Water Improvement Project, which will, on completion, improve water supply to residents in the Corporate Area and its environs.
This is according to Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, who was addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ at 58A Half Way Tree Road in Kingston on Wednesday, November 12.
“Currently the Corporate Area is short of about 10 million gallons of water per day, which is why the western zone extending into areas of central and southern St. Catherine gets water on a periodic basis,” Dr Chang disclosed, adding, “We are currently in negotiations with financial institutions for a major loan for the Kingston and St. Andrew Water Improvement Project, which should bring some relief to that area.”
Minister Chang said the work will include the mobilisation of the Ferry Springs and the commissioning of additional wells at Hall’s Green and other areas, to increase supply by at least six million gallons per day. He noted that Phase 2 of the work in the Kingston Metropolitan Area Project, which is projected to bring five million gallons of water to St. Catherine, is now underway and will bring water to the dry plains of St. Catherine.
Meanwhile, the Water Minister indicated the Government’s commitment to provide universal access to water for all Jamaicans by 2015. However, he bemoaned the low level of investment in water projects within the last decade.
“We are committed to providing access to potable water for all Jamaicans by the year 2015. This is a very attainable target, but it is all depends on the level of public sector investment,” Minister Chang said.
This is in keeping with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), set by the United Nations. He said that while there have been inadequate investments, there have also been stand-out projects, such as the North Coast Infrastructure Project, which extends from Negril in Westmoreland to Duncans in Trelawny and Runaway Bay , St. Ann, and should extend as far as Port Maria, St. Mary in a short while.
“This is perhaps one of the finest pieces of public infrastructures we have established in Jamaica in recent years. There is significant under-investment in smaller schemes designed to reach the working population and in particular in rural Jamaica,” he added.

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