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  • Minister of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, is again urging Jamaicans to protect water sources and continue to conserve on the use of the commodity.
  • He was addressing residents of Cornwall Mountain and adjacent communities in Westmoreland on Friday, November 28, when he officially commissioned into service the Barneyside Water Supply Tank.
  • The Minister’s appeal comes against predictions of extended dry periods and other extreme weather conditions, due to climate change.

Minister of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, is again urging Jamaicans to protect water sources and continue to conserve on the use of the commodity.

He was addressing residents of Cornwall Mountain and adjacent communities in Westmoreland on Friday, November 28, when he officially commissioned into service the Barneyside Water Supply Tank.

The Minister’s appeal comes against predictions of extended dry periods and other extreme weather conditions, due to climate change.

“Climate change is now creating problems for countries around the world, including Jamaica, as well as districts such as Cornwall Mountain. We have to make preparations for the impact of climate change such as the severe drought that some parishes are now experiencing,” he said.

He is advocating rainwater harvesting and the installation of water storage tanks in places of residence, to ensure adequate water supply in times of drought.

“I know some of you may have storage tanks at your home, but for those who do not, please try and build or buy one because climate change is going to make bad weather like floods, storms and droughts even worse in the coming years,” the Minister said.

Minister Pickersgill also urged the residents to report leaks to the National Water Commission’s (NWC) Leak Hotline at 733-5655 or 733-5656.  “If you see leak along the pipelines that serve your communities, I urge you to call these number right away. It is your water that is going to waste,” he pointed out.

The Barneyside Water Supply Tank was refurbished at a cost of $4.3 million under the Government’s Water Improvement Project. The initiative involved collaboration among the NWC, Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL) and the Ministry.

The 150,000 gallon (675 litres) capacity tank was built in the 1970s.

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