JIS News

Residents of New Road district in St. Mary are to benefit from an improved water supply system, under a project being funded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).
The $2.7 million project, which will be carried out by Bacchus Engineering Company, will involve the rehabilitation of the existing National Water Commission (NWC) system, including the installation of a pumping unit with switchgear, a storage tank, and distribution pipelines with laterals.
Work is slated to begin in two weeks and on completion, should provide improved supplies for the more than 300 residents, who now have to travel almost a mile outside of the community to access water from a standpipe.
The New Road Neighbourhood Watch and Citizens Association is the project sponsor.
In his remarks at the contract signing ceremony held on Wednesday (Aug. 3) at the Bonny Gate United Pentecostal Church, Keith Byfield, Acting Financial Administrator at the JSIF, said his organization was pleased to be associated with such a worthwhile project.
He noted that access to quality water was essential for the health and wellbeing of every citizen and urged the residents to work with the contractor to ensure the success of the project.
Mr. Byfield commended the residents of New Road and the wider St. Mary community for their efforts over the years to ensure the sustainable development of the parish. He noted that to date, the JSIF board has approved 100 projects in St. Mary at a cost of over $500 million.