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Water and Housing Minister Donald Buchanan has said that with the National Water Commission (NWC) should realize annual savings in excess of $30 million, with the completion of its organizational restructuring process.
Minister Buchanan, who was making his contribution to the 2005/06 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on June 15, said that the restructuring of the management team of the Rapid Response Unit and its repatriation from Carib Engineering Corporation Limited to the Ministry, had resulted in savings of over $10 million and improvement in the unit’s capacity to achieve its mandate.
He noted also, that steps taken to improve operational efficiency has reaped rewards for the agency, with Jamaicans ranking the utility company above others in terms of service delivery, as confirmed by the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) National Consumer Survey.
Meanwhile, the Minister told the House that work under the NWC’s systems rehabilitation programme has commenced on the Kellits, Clarendon and Berkshire Hall, St.Catherine facilities. Minister Buchanan said work would commence shortly on the Constant Spring and Hope facilities in St. Andrew and the Bogue and White River facilities in St. Ann.
In addition, some 20 wastewater treatment plants and wastewater systems are now being rehabilitated with another eight projects set to commence shortly.
On another matter, Mr. Buchanan said that the new Water Supply and Sewerage Services Act, which is to be enacted during this fiscal year, would facilitate private investment in the water sector by allowing for the licensing of service providers.

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