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The Rapid Response Unit will be trucking water to 50 schools in the corporate area, which are affected by shortage in supplies.
Minister of Housing, Transport, Water and Works, Robert Pickersgill, who made the announcement at a press conference held at his Maxfield Avenue offices in Kingston this morning (Aug. 30), said that “a decision has been taken to redeploy resources from the southern and central regions to augment the fleet in Kingston and St. Andrew metropolitan area”.
He noted that 10 trucks would be utilised to deliver approximately 153,000 gallons of water to more than 40,000 students. “The Rapid Response Unit will truck water at nights and on weekends to those schools with adequate storage facilities. We consider 2,000 to 3,000 gallons as adequate facility,” he said.
The Water Minister assured that the Rapid Response Unit would be able to meet the needs of the schools. “We have adequate fleet at our disposal … and we think that we should be able to meet the reasonable demands of the schools populations,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Minister informed that the National Water Commission had started to carry out leak detection at the 50 affected schools. In addition, he said, “information on water conservation will be shared with the administrators to help them make optimal use of the water.”