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At the end of this fiscal year, at least 60 per cent of residents living in rural Jamaica should have access to potable water, Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has said.
Speaking in the House of Representatives during the 2010/11 Sectoral Debate, today (May 18), Dr. Chang informed that the goal of the Ministry is to increase the percentage of rural residents with access to piped water within their homes from 45 to above 60 per cent.
He said in this regard, the Rural Water Supply Limited has been doing a tremendous job, further noting that during the last financial year, work continued on some 18 water supply systems in 10 parishes.
These, he said, included the Broadgate, Top Enfield and Hunts Town/Wellington systems in St. Mary and Catadupa water supply system in St. James, which were completed and have been commissioned.
“Marlie Hill, Browns Hall, Macca Tree, Colbeck Heights, Red Ground, Bartons, Duxes, Point Hill, Johns Groin, Colbeck Planters and Waugh Hill Water supply systems in the parish of St. Catherine (have all been completed),” informed the Minister.
Dr. Chang said other systems which have been completed and commissioned include the Cascade water supply system in St. Ann; the Peace River and James Hill systems in Clarendon; the Fruitfulvale water supply system in Portland; Hill Sixty in
St. Thomas; Bottom Coffee Grove water supply system in Manchester; New Roads distribution in Westmoreland and the Askenish/Dias water supply system in Hanover.
“When all are completed, these projects will provide a combined total of 1.6 million gallons of water per day for some 45,962 residents,” he informed.
The Minister further reported that plans were also in place to increase the percentage of individuals with access to piped water within their homes from 90 to 100 per cent in the urban areas.