The Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change intends to address the wastewater disposal system in downtown Kingston to ensure that there is no further environmental deterioration of the Kingston Harbour.
Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, in his Sectoral Debate Presentation in Gordon House on July 24, said the thrust to return extensive commercial life to downtown, especially the southern sections along the waterfront, will not be realised unless the wastewater disposal system is fully functional.
“My Ministry intends to play its part in this endeavour from the point of view of the provision of the wastewater service. My Ministry also intends to play its part in ensuring that there is no further deterioration of the environment in that section of the city especially of the Kingston Harbour,” he told the House.
He said the Ministry intends to ensure that within the next five years the Harbour and the surrounding mangroves will be on their way to full re-generation.
“In support of this, we have already started the design work on phases 2 and 3 of the Harbour View wastewater treatment plant at a cost of $500 million,” Minister Pickersgill announced.