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Two contracts dealing with water distribution and sewage collection, were signed by Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, at the Western Jamaica Office of the Prime Minister, in Montego Bay, St. James on November 20.
One contract is for phase one of the Essex Valley Water Supply Improvement Project, in St. Elizabeth, and is valued at $68 million, while the other is for the construction of a collection system at Bogue Industrial Estate, valued at $20 million. The contracted companies are Baccus Engineering Works Limited and Surrey Paving and Aggregates Limited, respectively.
The Essex Valley Water Supply Project is a collaborative effort among the bauxite and alumina company, ALPART, the Jamaica Bauxite Institute and the Ministry of Water and Housing, through the National Water Commission (NWC). Approximately 7,000 residents in South St. Elizabeth and South Manchester will benefit from the project.
The scope of the work includes the laying of 11 kilometres of pipelines from the Long Hill Well to a booster site at Nain, and the installation of booster pumps at Nain and Long Hill. On completion, the system should provide an additional 800,000 gallons of water per day.
Work on the Bogue project involves the expansion of the Greater Montego Bay sewage collection system, to include the Bogue Industrial area.
In his address, Dr. Chang said that the works to be carried out should bring significant infrastructural improvement to the western section of the island. He explained that another contract should be signed soon for remedial and improvement work on the Cornwall Courts Sewage System in Montego Bay.
“This demonstrates the commitment of this Government to invest in critical infrastructure,” he said.
Member of Parliament for South East St. Elizabeth, Franklyn Witter, who was present at the signing, expressed gratitude on behalf of his constituents, for the move to implement the Essex Valley Water Supply Project.
He said it would have a positive impact on the lives of the residents in the areas to be served.