- The project is valued at a projected cost of US$12.6 million
- The six-month project will facilitate the construction of a new 20-inch transmission pipeline through Lucea
- The new pipeline network has been designed to maximize the quality of water being transferred
Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, on September 12 broke ground for the Lucea Pipeline Replacement and Non Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction project valued at a projected cost of US$12.6 million.
The ground-breaking ceremony took place in Elgin Town, near Lucea and work on the project is expected to get underway in a matter of weeks.
The six-month project, which will provide employment for over 100 workers, will facilitate the construction of a new 20-inch transmission pipeline through Lucea, to allow water from the Great River Treatment Plant to better supply all areas along the corridor leading into Negril.
The scope of work will include the replacement and installation of 6,000 meters of ductile iron transmission pipelines from Elgin Town to Ruseas and of 4,000 meters of distribution pipelines over the same area; construction of chambers and interconnections; and the supply of materials, meters, equipment and tools to repair and efficiently operate the system.
The new pipeline network has been designed to maximize the quality of water being transferred and significant reduce loss due to leakage.
Addressing participants at the ground breaking ceremony, Minister Pickersgill said that the project represents government’s commitment to employing the necessary technology and resources to monitor, model, map and manage the nation’s surface and groundwater resources “far better than we have ever done in our history”.
He informed that the project will also involve a technical audit of the transfer and distribution network, to include flow measurements and leak detection to optimize the performance of the system.
Upon completion, the project is expected to increase the reliability of water supply to the beneficiary communities, including Green Island, Lucea, Elgin Town, Kew, Clifton, Askenish, Dias, Cacoon, Middlesex and Medley.