Over $1 billion has been spent to improve the delivery of potable water to several communities in south eastern St. Catherine and its environs, says Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan.
The improvements, which were completed in May 2013, fall under the Portmore Pipeline Project implemented by the National Water Commission (NWC).
Mr. Fagan, who provided details during his recent Sectoral presentation in the House of Representatives, said the project involved the construction of 10 kilometres of 30-inch transmission main from the Rio Cobre pipeline in Caymanas, across Mandela Highway, along Municipal Boulevard, and to the existing Marley Hill Reservoir at Braeton.
It also included reinforcement of the distribution network in Passage Fort Drive, Germaine Road, Port Henderson Drive, and Portmore Parkway.
“While the inconsistent water supply has not been fully resolved, it has certainly improved. The residents in areas of Cumberland, Edgewater, Independence City, Passage Fort and Waterford, to name a few, are already experiencing the benefits of this work which was completed…two months ahead of schedule,” he said.
Mr. Fagan informed that phase two of the water supply improvement exercise is underway and will see the replacement of the transmission line from Flat Bridge to Mandela Highway.
“This will then be interconnected with the transmission line that was recently completed. This phase is expected to take 18 months, after which, the residents of Portmore will have consistent and reliable high-pressured quality water,” he said.
Contact: Chris Patterson