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  • Rehabilitation work is ongoing on the Great River treatment plant.
  • Martha Brae treatment plant in Trelawny is also to be expanded.
  • Three thousand meters are being replaced under the programme.

Work is on track in the western end of the island under the Jamaica Water Supply Improvement Project (JWSIP).

This was disclosed by Vice President for Non Revenue Water/Energy Cost Reduction at the National Water Commission (NWC), Mark Blair, at a recent press briefing held at the New Kingston offices of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.

Mr. Blair said rehabilitation work is ongoing on the Great River treatment plant to serve Montego Bay as well as western and eastern Hanover.

“We are also expanding the Martha Brae treatment plant (in Trelawny) …by five more million gallons, so it will be 10 million gallons to complement and help with the western area as well,” he stated.

Mr. Blair also informed that the meters of 3,000 large customers are being replaced under the programme. “We recognize that a lot of our large customers have had meters for over 10 years, and best practice suggests that we should change meters every 5- 7 years to ensure quality revenue,” he noted.

The JWSIP is the single largest comprehensive water supply improvement project being undertaken by the NWC to increase water supply to more Jamaicans and improve the reliability and quality of the commodity.

The main objectives of the JWSIP are: to provide an additional 20 million gallons of potable water per day to meet demand in the Corporate Area and several other sections of the country, eliminating the perennial need for major water lock offs due to supply shortage and other conditions; and to improve the overall efficiency and financial viability of the NWC.