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Developments in the water sector, with special emphasis on the supply to the Kingston Metropolitan Area and Southern St. Catherine, will be outlined by Minister of Water and Housing Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, during a press conference to be held on Tuesday, March 22.

The press conference will be held at the Girl Guides Headquarters on 2 Waterloo Road and forms part of the activities for World Water Day.

The theme for this year’s celebration, “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge”  highlights the impact ofrapid urban population growth on freshwater supplies , and the challenges to and importance of proper water management in the world’s urban centres.

In keeping with this theme, a full day of activities has been planned  by the Ministry of Water and Housing and its agencies, the Water Resources Authority (WRA), the National Water Commission (NWC), and the Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL),  in association with the National Irrigation Commission (NIC)and the Meteorological Service of Jamaica.

Activities begin at 10:00 a.m. and will include:-

a.    The Water and Education Programme by the Water Resources Authority

b.    The Jamaica Water Supply Improvement Project (JWSIP)by the NWC and

c.    Plans for the development of the water supply by the NWC.

The activities will also include the Launch of the Fact Book on the Water Resources of Jamaica.  A Memorandum of Understanding will also be signed with UNESCO/IHP to officially launch the Project WET (Water and Education for Teachers Programme – WET Jamaica 2011-2013.

There will also be exhibitions by the Ministry of Water and Housing; the NWC; the WRA; Rural Water Supply Limited and the National Irrigation Commission. 

In addition, the NWC will be setting up a Customer Care Centre where customers can query their bills.

Each year on March 22, Jamaica joins countries around the globe in observing

World Water day as a means of highlighting the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

 

Issued by: Ministry of Water Housing