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Minister of Water and Housing, Donald Buchanan has reported that the 39 million Euro Great River to Lucea Water Supply Project in Hanover was completed on time and within budget.
Speaking on Saturday, October 9 at a press briefing held at the Great River water treatment facility to mark the completion of the main project, Mr. Buchanan said, “not only has the project been completed on time and within budget, but the scope of work done under this project has also gone well beyond what was originally outlined.”
He further added that he was pleased to view the work that had been done during the past several months to bring the project to fruition. “The state of the art facilities show our clear commitment to give the Jamaican public the best, most efficient and most reliable water supply service across the country,” Mr. Buchanan said.
The project began in March 2003 and involves the expansion of the Great River Water Treatment Plant from 10 million to 15 million gallons per day, and the construction of 22 kilometres of 500-millimetre diameter pipelines alongside the roadway from the water treatment plant on the St. James/Hanover border to Lucea. It was scheduled for completion in December 2004.
This water system marks a new development in the water supply system in Western Jamaica, as it forms the link to ensure an integrated system from Braco in Trelawny to Negril in Westmoreland. Minister Buchanan informed that as a result of savings from the project, work had been done to complete the Askenish Water Supply Project at a cost of $50 million.
He emphasized that the additional work carried out through savings from the main project meant that apart from the coastal communities, several additional interior communities would benefit from a new, adequate water supply system.
The Water and Housing Minister also highlighted the extent of the integrated facility that the Great River/Lucea link had created. “We are integrating the Logwood supply, which is the supply on the Eastern side of Lucea going back to Negril,” he explained, expounding, “then we are now linking Logwood with Great River by this new pipeline, and taking this water onwards to Montego Bay. At the same time the Martha Brae development is now linking Martha Brae to Montego Bay, and taking that link all the way from Negril through Lucea, through Hopewell, through Montego Bay, through Falmouth right on to Braco, which is where we will conclude for the time being.”
Mr. Buchanan stated that the next objective of the Ministry would be to move the system onwards, in an easterly direction, so that the entire north coast from Logwood in Westmoreland to Port Maria in St. Mary would be connected to one integrated water supply system.

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