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  • Member of Parliament for West Rural St. Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, says implementation of a water project in the area will assist in solving the water shortage experienced by the residents.
  • Mrs. Cuthbert-Flynn said an assessment reveals two main reasons for the poor water systems. First, the capital expenditure spent on rural plants is inadequate and the level of non-revenue water loss is extremely high.
  • “West Rural St. Andrew has a population of over 50,000 inhabitants. This area is supplied with water from a number of small sources within the area, chief among them are the King Weston, Barnett Wood and the Chu Chu systems,” she said.

Member of Parliament for West Rural St. Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, says implementation of a water project in the area will assist in solving the water shortage experienced by the residents.

Making her contribution to the 2016/17 Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives on October 26, she said the project would substantially increase the volume of potable water to these communities and reduce non-revenue water to an acceptable level.

Mrs. Cuthbert-Flynn said an assessment reveals two main reasons for the poor water systems. First, the capital expenditure spent on rural plants is inadequate and the level of non-revenue water loss is extremely high.

“West Rural St. Andrew has a population of over 50,000 inhabitants. This area is supplied with water from a number of small sources within the area, chief among them are the King Weston, Barnett Wood and the Chu Chu systems,” she said.

The Member of Parliament noted that some of the residents have access to piped water.

“A significant part of the population, however, lives in deep rural areas where there is little or no infrastructure. And, where there’s water, there is a high level of water loss and a low level of water revenue collection,” she noted.

The solution, Mrs. Cuthbert-Flynn said, is to identify six reliable sources for water extraction based on current and future needs.

The proposed sources identified are Chu Chu Bottom/Smith Village, Barnett Wood, Pigeon Valley, Content, King Weston, and Second Breakfast.

She also mentioned that there are specific recommendations to have all six locations working efficiently by refurbishing the Rock Hall, Barnettwood, Kingweston, and Second Breakfast sources, and building one or two new sources at Pigeon Valley and Content.

It is also being proposed to install and repair new and existing pipe network, install a complete bulk metering system to meter water input and water output, meter as many customers’ service connections as possible, and install bulk meters to measure the consumption of the areas when it is not possible or suitable to install individual water meters in those areas.