Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, is assuring residents of Brown’s Town and surrounding districts in St. Ann, who are served by the Minnard Deep Well, that water will return to their taps in another two weeks.
He made the commitment on Monday, May 27, following a tour of the well site and water facilities in the parish.
Water has had to be trucked into Brown’s Town over the last few months, as a result of a drop in water levels at the well due to drought conditions, and the subsequent burning out of the pump.
At an impromptu media briefing during the tour, Minister Pickersgill informed that the “important parts and equipment” had to be imported to get the facility up and running again.
He said that the trucking of water to the communities will have to continue until the well is back in operation. The Minister informed that the full repair programme is estimated to cost $300 million.
According to Maintenance Manager for the NWC’s Western Region, Curtis Thomas, the Minnard well, which is the deepest in Jamaica, is approximately 750 feet in depth. He pointed out that the facility was constructed in the 1970s and had developed some defects, which also had to be repaired.
When fully up and running, the well has a capacity of approximately one million gallons of water per day.
Also on the tour were: Minister of State, Ian Hayles; NWC Programme Director for the K-Factor Programme, David Geddes, along with other Ministry and NWC officials.