Great River to Lucea Water Supply Commissioned into Service


Residents of Lucea and adjoining communities in Hanover now have access to a reliable supply of potable water resulting from the commissioning into service of the Great River to Lucea Water Supply Project by Prime Minister P.J. Patterson on Friday (Nov. 19). The project was completed at a cost of 39 Million Euros and within the timeframe specified.
In his remarks at a function to mark the official commissioning of the project, Prime Minister Patterson said water was essential not only for the sustenance of nature, but that it was a prerequisite for national growth and economic development. He said a reliable source of water would also impact the development of the country’s tourism industry as the ability to attract investors would depend on the extent to Jamaica is able to provide the requisite infrastructure.
“This water supply is not only going to cater to the domestic needs of the people who live in this area who need to have adequate supplies of safe potable water, but it is also going to make more development possible,” Mr. Patterson asserted.
He said the Great River to Lucea Water Supply Project was not taking place in isolation, but that this and the construction of the Northern Coastal Highway are projects that are aimed at transforming the quality of life of all Jamaicans and providing the infrastructural foundation for growth and development. “The Government will not pause in its decisive march against poverty and the improvement of the social well-being of us all,” the Prime Minister said.
The Great River to Lucea Water Supply Project is the second segment of the National Water Commission’s Northern Coastal Water Supply Improvement Project. Mr. Patterson said preparatory work has already begun on other segments including Martha Brae to Duncans, Bogue to Port Maria and the Port Antonio Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Project.
The Great River to Lucea Water Supply is a joint public and private sector initiative involving the National Water Commission, National Commercial Bank, Pan Caribbean Financial Service and BNP Paribas. The contractor was SOGEA SATOM of France with FiWi Corporation as the construction supervisors. The project has resulted in the expansion of the capacity of the treatment plant to 15 million gallons of water per day up from 10 million gallons. At present approximately 80 per cent of all household islandwide have access to potable water, an increase of nearly 20 per cent over 1990.

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