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Minister of State in the Ministry of Water and Housing, Everald Warmington, has said that the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have partnered to undertake several water projects under the Rural Water Programme.
He emphasised that the aim is to move universal water access in rural Jamaica from the current level of 46 per cent to 75 per cent.
Making his contribution to the 2008/09 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 8), Mr. Warmington said the water projects include White Horses/Botany Bay/Pamphret, Gravel Hill, Mile Gully/Warwick Castle, and Giblatore.
The State Minister noted that the White Horses/Botany Bay/Pamphret water supply in St. Thomas was completed and commissioned in January this year.
He added that the system was developed at a cost of more than $112.4 million under the programme and is now serving 2,700 residents in those communities.
“It is being managed by a Benevolent Society, which has agreed to supply water to the communities for a tariff of $800 per month for the first 3,000 gallons of water used and a connection fee of $4,500,” he said.
Mr. Warmington pointed out that construction on the $50 million Gravel Hill water project in South West Clarendon is slated to begin this month, and that 925 persons would be served by the facility.
He said that construction would begin in August on the Mile Gully/Warwick Castle water system in western St. Mary, and that it would serve 655 persons.
The State Minister informed that the Giblatore water project in St. Catherine is also slated to begin in August.
“This project will involve the supply and installation of water tanks and rainwater catchment to each household. Also being considered is the possibility of a small supply from a spring in the area, to a school storage tank,” the State Minister pointed out.

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