Gov’t to Spend Millions to Upgrade Water Systems in Western Portland


The government will be spending millions of dollars to undertake major improvement works on a number of National Water Commission (NWC)-operated systems in western Portland, to improve service to residents.
These are the Fruitful Vale, Dunbar/Warsaw, Lancaster, Mount Pleasant and Swift River supply systems.
Minister of State for Water and Housing, Everald Warmington, during a recent tour of the water projects, said that $72 million will be spent to upgrade the Fruitful Vale and Dunbar/Warsaw systems; $64 million for the Lancaster system; and $43 million for the Mount Pleasant system. He informed that the government is examining a proposal for the detailed development of the Swift River system.
In addition to these projects, the NWC will be carrying out repairs to the Buff Bay and the Windsor Castle supply systems, Mr. Warmington informed.
According to the State Minister, once the upgrading and improvement works are completed, most communities in Western Portland will be provided with adequate supply of water.
He said that in cases where the NWC is unable to fully fund the upgrading work to be carried out, he will be making representation to the Ministry of Finance and Public Service to assume that responsibility.
The Minister was accompanied on the tour by Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Western Portland, Daryl Vaz, and representatives of the NWC and the Rural Water Supply Project.

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