PORT ANTONIO — The water supply system which serves residents of Carron Hall in St. Mary has been upgraded, and the people will now be able to access more of the commodity.
The upgrading was made possible through the collaborative effort of the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), the National Water Commission (NWC), the St. Mary Charities Organisation and the University of Technology (UTech).
Served by a solar powered submersible pump, the system was officially handed over to the community during a ceremony held at the Carron Hall Primary School on July 8, 2011.
Giving the main address at the ceremony, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary, Hon. Robert Montague described the occasion as a significant one in the development of the Carron Hall community.
Stating that he has always been committed to the task of ensuring that the residents of Carron Hall are provided with an adequate and reliable water supply system, he expressed confidence that the improvement carried out will go a far way in influencing the future social and economic development of the community.
In expressing gratitude to the various entities which have combined their efforts to bring about the successful implementation of the project, he thanked the St. Mary Parish Council for its contribution of cleaning up the catchment area to help ensure the cleanliness of the water being supplied by the system.
He also commended residents of the area for the patience and understanding they displayed during the periods of water shortage.
The EFJ and St. Mary Charities provided funding for the project, the National Water Commission donated the material needed for the laying of the pipelines, while UTech was responsible for the technical design of the system.
While the system will not be able to pump water into the homes of community members in the initial period of its operation, plans are in place to ensure that the necessary improvements are carried out to result in that objective within a short time.
By ASTON G. BAILEY, JIS Reporter