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The Ministry of Housing, Transport and Works is to receive $610 million for the improvement of water supply systems in rural communities and to implement new systems, under the Major Rural Water Supply Project.
The provision is made in the 2006/2007 Estimates of Expenditure, which was tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday (April 13), by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. Omar Davies. Anticipated targets for the fiscal year are: completion of the Milk River and Christiana/Spaldings schemes; construction to begin on the Hope Bay/St. Margaret’s Bay scheme; and the purchase of lands for the construction of reservoirs and treatment plants. Achievements to date include the contracting of a design engineer and the completion of engineering designs; and the award of civil works and supply contracts for the Christiana/Spaldings and Milk River schemes.
Funded by the government of Jamaica and the European Economic Community, the Rural Water Supply Project began in November 1991 and was originally intended for completion in February 1993. However, the project has been granted a series of extensions and is now slated to conclude in September 2007.
The initial targets were to carry out extension and rehabilitation works on four pilot schemes, and also reduce unaccounted for water through leakage detection. Milk River, Hope Bay, Christiana and Shettlewood, were identified as the four schemes for rehabilitation.