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The new Hunts Town/Wellington Water Supply Scheme in St. Mary, was officially commissioned into service by Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, during a ceremony in Hunts Town on Monday (December 21).
The scheme which was built at a cost of approximately $54 million, will provide an adequate and reliable water supply to over 1,000 residents of Hunts Town and surrounding communities.
Work on the project began in October, 2008, and included the laying of pipelines, the installation of a 50,000 gallon steel tank, the construction of a sprinkle intake and chlorine tank and the supply and installation of pumping plant equipment.
The land for the construction of the tank was donated by a resident of the community, Noel Clarke.
Prior to the construction of the system, residents did not have a piped water supply and had to resort to a spring in the community, or water trucked in by the National Water Commission (NWC), to satisfy their needs.
Speaking at the function, Dr. Chang said his Ministry was proud to be associated with the construction of the system. He also underscored Government’s commitment to provide adequate and reliable water supply systems to all communities, in the shortest possible time.
He said the provision of potable water to communities was critical to improving the lives of the people, adding that Government is making every effort to ensure that 60 percent of Jamaicans are provided with potable water over the next three years.
Asserting that the newly built scheme will enhance the development of Hunts Town and adjoining communities, Dr. Chang said his Ministry will be constructing several other water supply systems in St. Mary.
He added that the provision of adequate and reliable water supply systems was just one of the infrastructural initiatives Government was pursuing in St. Mary, to return the parish to economic prosperity. He said his Ministry will also implement a number of projects in the parish to create more housing solutions for residents.
Minister of State and Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary, Hon Robert Montague, thanked Minister Chang for the construction of the water supply system, and gave the assurance that it will act as a catalyst to other development ventures in the parish.
Mr. Montague also assured other communities in the constituency affected by water shortage, that he was making representation to have their problems addressed.

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