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  • The rehabilitation and upgrading of the Richard Hall Water Supply system in North Central St. Catherine has been approved.
  • The project will benefit the communities of Five Mile, Mount Moreland, Richard Hall and Mount Dawson, after they have been without adequate access to water for 20 years.
  • In an effort to tackle water shortages in the Cedar Valley district of North Central St. Catherine, a community water tank has been repaired at a cost of $2 million.

The rehabilitation and upgrading of the Richard Hall Water Supply system in North Central St. Catherine has been approved, and a request for proposals has been tendered.

This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Sports and Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, while contributing to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 24.

She informed that the project will benefit the communities of Five Mile, Mount Moreland, Richard Hall and Mount Dawson, after they have been without adequate access to water for 20 years.

“One major benefit will be that there will no longer be a need to truck water to the Mount Moreland Primary and Junior High schools,” the Minister said.

Mrs. Neita Headley further noted that as part of continued efforts to tackle water shortages in the Cedar Valley district of North Central St. Catherine, a community water tank has been repaired at a cost of $2 million.

Additionally, the Dam Head tank and pump were also repaired, while a pipe-laying project is ongoing in adjoining communities, and the West Prospect water system has been repaired.

On the matter of Land Development and Housing, Mrs. Neita Headley said there has been progress with respect to the Angels Heights Land Settlement.

She noted that after years of intervention and advocacy, the residents in this informal settlement will be able to settle permanently in the area.

Mrs. Neita Headley informed that the land has been purchased from the owners and is now vested in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing. She said subdivision plans are now being developed.