Minister Pickersgill pleased with progress on $1b Innswood Groundwater Project

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  • The project, which commenced 15 months ago, is scheduled for completion by the end of November...
  • Mr. Pickersgill underscored the importance of the project’s implementation, noting that during periods of extended drought, the need to tap into underground resources becomes essential;
  • The project’s scope of works includes: the development of a 36.3-million litre (eight million gallon) capacity raw-water treatment facility; and installation of 2.1 kilometres of pipelines.

Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, has expressed satisfaction with the progress of work on the $1 billion artificial groundwater recharge system, being built at Innswood, St. Catherine, by the National Water Commission (NWC).

The project, which commenced 15 months ago, is scheduled for completion by the end of November, and will supply nearly five million gallons of potable water daily, to residents and businesses in sections of St. Catherine and Kingston.

Speaking with JIS News during a recent tour of the project site, Mr. Pickersgill informed that the development’s progress “is testimony to the hard work put into making it happen (by the contractors), despite a few hiccups.”

“The work is now 90 per cent completed, since it began in August last year (2014)…(and) to their (contractors) credit, it is being done within budget. I trust that every effort will be made to complete it as soon as possible,” he stated.

Mr. Pickersgill underscored the importance of the project’s implementation, noting that during periods of extended drought, the need to tap into underground resources becomes essential; hence the importance of ensuring that these sources are reliable.

The project is being executed by the engineering firm, M & M Jamaica Limited, under the supervision of Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), with funding support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The project’s scope of works includes: the development of a 36.3-million litre (eight million gallon) capacity raw-water treatment facility; and installation of 2.1 kilometres of pipelines.

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