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The Ministry of Local Government and Environment is to expend some $10 million this fiscal year towards the maintenance of minor water supply schemes.
The project, provision for which is included in the 2006/07 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives, is aimed at improving the management and governance of minor water supply systems that are operated by local authorities, as well as to increase the accessibility of water to more than 124,000 people in rural Jamaica.
During this year, it is expected that some 15 entombed springs will be established, to serve communities with populations of 500 to 2,000 persons. It is also planned to establish 10 rainwater catchment basins to provide water to communities with population of 100 to 500 persons. There are also plans to create 10 wayside tanks to provide water for communities with populations of 100 to 500 persons.
The programme, which is being implemented by the Ministry, through funding from the Government of Jamaica and the European Union, deals specifically with minor water supply systems that are the responsibility of parish councils and comprise rainwater catchment tanks, wayside tanks, entombed springs and gravity-fed systems attached to community standpipes.
This programme also includes the trucking of water to areas, which are not served by potable underground water supplies.