JIS News

Story Highlights

  • The Rapid Response Programme (RRP), which supplies water to alleviate shortage of the commodity, generated $89 million in revenue during the 2013/14 fiscal year.
  • This was almost 82 per cent more than the $49 million earned during 2012/13, Minister of State in the Ministry, Hon. Ian Hayles, said.
  • Mr. Hayles said that water is currently trucked under the programme at a rate of $3.00 per gallon for the National Water Commission (NWC).

The Rapid Response Programme (RRP), in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, which supplies water to alleviate shortage of the commodity, generated $89 million in revenue during the 2013/14 fiscal year.

This was almost 82 per cent more than the $49 million earned during 2012/13, Minister of State in the Ministry, Hon. Ian Hayles, said.

He made the disclosure during his 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives, on June 17.

Mr. Hayles said that water is currently trucked under the programme at a rate of $3.00 per gallon for the National Water Commission (NWC) and other Government agencies, and $3.50 for private and other customers.

He pointed out that the rates, which were increased in June 2013, “compare favourably” with the $6.00 per gallon currently being charged by private truckers, “whose sources may be questionable.”

The State Minister said the programme currently employs 38 persons islandwide, adding that with truck repairs scheduled for this year, “more persons are expected to be employed.”

“Despite all the challenges, I still maintain that the programme has the potential to be self-sustaining, and today, it is on track to sustainability. I say this, given the raft of proposed incentives, such as the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NWC, the lease of units to Members of Parliament, and the transfer of the Rapid Response Unit to be managed by Rural Water Supply Limited,” Mr. Hayles said.