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  • More than 247,000 residents in 10 parishes will benefit from improved potable water supplies and wastewater management services over the next two years.
  • This is as a result of the National Water Commission (NWC) undertaking infrastructure improvement projects valued just over $1 billion.
  • Phased project implementation is slated to begin during the current fiscal year, and will entail a range of activities.

More than 247,000 residents in 10 parishes will benefit from improved potable water supplies and wastewater management services over the next two years, as the National Water Commission (NWC) undertakes infrastructure improvement projects valued just over $1 billion.

State Minister for Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, says phased project implementation is slated to begin during the current fiscal year, and will entail a range of activities.

These include: pipe installations; pump repairs/rehabilitation, construction, and installation; wastewater treatment plant upgrading; reservoir construction and refurbishing; and water well development.

Mr. Hayles made the announcement during his 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on June 17, under the theme: ‘Managing our Resources, Securing our Future’.

The parishes to benefit include: St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, St. James, Trelawny, St. Ann, and St. Mary.

“With the tight financial space in which the NWC will be operating in this financial year going forward, the (agency) has decided to make a strategic shift in operational procedures to allow much of this work to be done internally by NWC employees,” Mr. Hayles pointed out.