Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Karl Samuda, has lauded the work of the Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL) in completing four major projects in St. James.
Valued at a cost of approximately $54 million, the projects include restoration of the Spring Gardens and Montpelier water systems and improvements to the rainwater-harvesting systems at Roehampton Primary and Basic School, and Anchovy Primary School.
More than 7,000 Jamaicans, including some 1,500 schoolchildren, are benefiting from improved access to potable water as a result of these works.
“I want to say how very impressed I am with the work being done by Rural Water Supply Limited; it is nothing short of miraculous,” Minister Samuda said.
“The kind of dedication that has been brought to the process by the Board of the RWSL, supported by the leadership within the Ministry, will serve us very well,” he added.
Minister Samuda was speaking at a ceremony for the official commissioning of the Montpelier water system on November 23.
He hailed RWSL Board Chairman and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, for “committedly executing his role”.
Minister Samuda, during his address, noted that the RWSL remains steadfast in its operations despite financial constraints.
“I know that there are challenges. Having met with RWSL, I know that they are in need of additional funds, but what they have used their existing funds to do is truly commendable,” he said.