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Work is underway on the US$17 million Martha Brae/Runaway Bay Water Supply Expansion and Rehabilitation Project, which will serve sections of Trelawny and St. Ann.
The project, which is being implemented by the National Water Commission (NWC) under its transformation and modernization plan, will include the construction of a 500,000-gallon tank above Rio Bueno and some 23 kilometers of transmission and distribution lines extending from Braco to Runaway Bay.
Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, in his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony held recently, said that “all the relevant agencies and authorities, including Cabinet, have given approval for this project to be undertaken as a variation to the existing North Western Parishes Water Supply Improvement Project, thereby realizing significant savings in time and money.”
Sogea-Satom, the contractor for the North Western project, has been contracted for the Martha Brae/Runaway Bay project.
Dr. Chang pointed out that the project will provide an improved and more reliable water supply for NWC customers and support several developments that are being planned for the area.
“This is the first of many water supply projects that I expect to kick-start as the NWC and the Ministry of Water and Housing work steadfastly to improve water supply service across Jamaica,” he stated.
According to the Minister, “much more needs to be done to fully satisfy the need for water islandwide, and we are determined to bring water to more communities for the first time and to improve service in existing areas.”
He commended the NWC for its work to improve access to potable water and urged citizens to support the NWC’s drive to serve Jamaica better.