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  • Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government has set aside $100 million to facilitate the trucking of water to communities across the island.
  • “Already, the country is experiencing dry conditions [and] the Government has been proactive. We have started to look at how we are going to respond and we have been doing so in a number of ways,” he said.
  • Mr. McKenzie was speaking at the ceremony to break ground for the construction of a water shop in Tryall, St. Elizabeth, on February 14.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government has set aside $100 million to facilitate the trucking of water to communities across the island.

“Already, the country is experiencing dry conditions [and] the Government has been proactive. We have started to look at how we are going to respond and we have been doing so in a number of ways,” he said.

Mr. McKenzie was speaking at the ceremony to break ground for the construction of a water shop in Tryall, St. Elizabeth, on February 14.

St. Elizabeth, Portland and St. Mary are among the parishes severely affected by the current dry spell.

Minister McKenzie said that $10 million will be allocated to the St. Elizabeth Municipal Corporation to assist with the trucking of water, and each Councillor will receive 10 water tanks, with capacity for 500 gallons each, to assist residents.

“They (the Councillors) will at least be in a position to give one or two tanks to those who are in need,” he noted.

Mr. McKenzie said that the Government is committed to ensuring reliable access to potable water for every household in the country.

The water shop in Tryall will be constructed at a cost of $11 million over the next six weeks.

The project will include the installation of a 30,000-gallon community water tank that will provide potable water to residents of the area and surrounding communities.

This new water shop will be the third such facility established in St. Elizabeth, with the others located in Top Hill and the Retirement District in Malvern.

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