The Government will be spending $18 million on the Rural Water Supply project, in 2011/12.
This is according to the 2011/12 Estimates of Expenditure, tabled in the House of Representative on Thursday (April 14).
The Rural Water Supply Project aims to improve the basic sanitary/ health conditions, by increasing the coverage of potable water and sanitation services in poor rural areas on the Jamaica Poverty Map.
As of March 2011, the project has completed the delivery of pipes and fittings for the White Horses Supply Scheme; completed the Cotterwood, Pamphret/Botany Bay and White Horses water supply schemes; completed the construction of 15 sanitation solutions; and trained beneficiaries in the community water organisations.
Other achievements include the purchase of computers and other equipment for the Project Implementation Unit; approval for the procurement of tanks for the Giblatore Water Supply Scheme and pipes for the construction of the Mile Gully and Gravel Hill schemes.
The Rural Water Supply Project is being funded by the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Jamaica. The project began in April 2002 and is expected to be completed by March, 2012.
By LATONYA LINTON, JIS Reporter