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Cabinet has approved the awarding of two contracts to improve water supply systems in the communities of Shettlewood in Hanover, and Hope Bay/St. Margaret’s Bay located in Portland.
Together, the projects will cost the government some $227 million, and the work to be carried out will be done by M&M Jamaica Limited, which has been awarded the contracts.
Information Minister, Senator Burchell Whiteman made the disclosure today (December 20) at the post-Cabinet press briefing, held at Jamaica House.
Mr. Whiteman explained that the water supply project for Hope Bay would see the replacement of existing connections; the construction of a main reservoir; the replacement of a distribution network; and improvement of an intake structure to handle 1,600 cubic metres of water per day. He said the total sum for this water improvement project was $102 million.
As for the water project in Shettlewood, he informed that the scope of work to be done would involve putting in a new intake trunk main to handle 4,000 cubic metres of water per day; the installation of a new tank with 100 cubic metres capacity at Lethe; the laying of a new main pump to the community of Chester in the parish; and construction of a reservoir with a capacity to store 600 cubic metres of water.
Minister Whiteman told journalists that the two projects are intended to “provide improved water supply, in terms of quality, quantity and sustainability for the people in those areas”.
The Rural Water Supply Unit of the National Water Commission (NWC) will implement the projects.