JIS News

Residents of Pear Tree Grove and adjoining communities in north-eastern St. Catherine are the beneficiaries of a potable water supply system, which will be officially commissioned into service Friday (April 8).
The system, which will benefit in excess of 200 households, was originally contracted by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) some 10 years ago at a cost of $6.2 million, with an additional $7 million injection in the ensuing years.
Handing over of the project was delayed due to technical difficulties, including the need for extended pipelines, but through partnership involving JSIF, the St. Catherine Parish Council, the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the community, those problems were ironed out, to allow water to flow into homes.
Mayor of Spanish Town, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, told JIS News that the system was vital in addressing the potable water needs of residents.
“We’re looking at 60 to 100 households in the immediate vicinity. However, with the addition of pipes to the system, we’re expecting to reach the adjoining communities, and we’re looking at anywhere between 200 to 250 households,” he informed.
He commended the residents for their involvement in the project and urged them to pay their water bill to ensure its sustainability.
“It will take some bit of maintenance on the part of the Parish Council to ensure that quality water is supplied to the residents, so we ask that residents come in to the Parish Council and pay for their connections, so that we can provide them with the quality service that is deserving to Pear Tree Grove and the adjoining communities,” he stated.
Mayor Wheatley pointed out that the Parish Council operated several minor water supply systems and was in the process of improving others.
“We’ll be doing some improvement work to the Latty Springs and Crown Ground water supply systems in the Troja area. We’ll be going to Water Mount again, where we currently have a good system, to do some minor improvement works, to ensure that we continue to provide potable water to communities in the area,” he informed.

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