JIS News

Ground was broken yesterday (May 16), for a $21 million water supply up-grading project in Orangefield district, North Western St. Catherine, which should benefit more than 6,000 persons.
Housing, Transport and Works Minister, Robert Pickersgill, who took part in the ceremony, pointed out that the project would be executed in two phases, and that the work should be completed in three months.
“This upgrading project has become necessary, because the existing supply lines are now old and the demand on the system has dramatically increased from that which it was designed to supply,” he added.
Phase one will involve the rehabilitation of the existing Jericho pumping station and the removal of existing four-inch pipes, which have become inadequate, while phase 2 of the project will include the laying of 3,000 metres of new six-inch water mains leading to a 10,000 gallon water storage tank in the area.
This phase of the work will also include updating the distribution network and regularizing customer accounts.
National Water Commission (NWC) Divisional Engineer, O’Neil Shand, told JIS News that provisions have been made for expansion of the system. “Of course, there will always be improvements to our projects, but with this particular project, we are focussed on satisfying current demand based on the amount of water we can extract from the existing well,” he said.
“Communities grow and demand increases along with them, so we have to keep pace with their development,” he told JIS News.
Alman Marshall, a resident of the Orangefield community for 58 years, said he was delighted that the NWC had decided to upgrade the water system in the area.
“I feel good and this is going to make a difference in our town,” he said. Another resident, Albert English, told JIS News that he was happy for the project.
The contract has been awarded to Oswald Bacchus of Bacchus Engineering Works, who stressed that every effort would be made to ensure that the project was done on time and within budget.