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Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, has emphasised that the Government was committed to providing all Jamaicans with potable water by 2015, in keeping with the United Nations Millennium goals.
Giving the main address at the ground breaking and contract signing ceremony for the Hunts Town/Wellington water supply system in St. Mary, in Wellington, on November 12, Dr. Chang said Government has given that commitment, out of recognition that the provision of adequate water supplies was critical to the development of communities and the advancement of the lives of the people within those communities.
When completed, the project will benefit over 200 households in the communities of Hunts Town, Wellington and Top Road.
The project, which will be implemented at a cost of $46 million, will be carried out by Baccas Engineering Company, and will involve the laying of pipelines, the erection of a pumping station, and the construction of a reservoir. It is scheduled to be completed in five months.
Over the years, the area has been plagued by severe water shortages, causing hardship and inconvenience for residents.
Noting that there has been less than adequate investment in water supply systems in the country, Dr. Chang said the Government is making every effort to provide the necessary funding, to enable every community to have access to water.
Dr. Chang pointed out that since taking office in September 2007, he has signed contracts totalling approximately $1.5 billion, for the development of water supply systems islandwide.
He said the Ministry is determined to improve this service for the Jamaican people, despite the financial constraints facing the country, and is willing to work closely with community based organizations, in its effort to provide water for rural communities.
Also addressing the function were Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Local Government Reform, and Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary, Robert Montague; and Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Richard Creary.
They expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Water and Housing for implementing the project, and exhorted the residents to protect and maintain the system, when it is completed.