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  • The solar-powered system, which is the second of its kind installed by Rural Water Supply Limited, was yesterday (February 7) commissioned into service by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill.
  • A significant portion of the work on the water supply improvement project was carried out by residents with support in the form of designs, and project management as well as construction supervision from Rural Water Supply Limited, an agency of the Water Ministry.
  • Minister Pickersgill urged the residents to report any leaks, breaches or incidents of theft, and reminded them of their responsibility to safeguard the system.

Residents living in elevated areas of the Windsor Heights community in St. Catherine are now benefitting from a steady supply of potable water from a newly installed $3 million supply system.

The solar-powered system, which is the second of its kind installed by Rural Water Supply Limited, was yesterday (February 7) commissioned into service by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill.

The Minister said the improvements to the community’s water supply system were not only necessary but critical as, although the area is officially supplied with potable water by the National Water Commission (NWC), there have been challenges supplying the more elevated sections of the community.

“This project is significant because the water is being conveyed to the elevated areas of the community by a booster station that is solar powered,” the Minister stated during a ceremony held at the water pump station location.

He informed that the scope of works included the installation of two inch pressure pipes; and three 2,000 gallon storage tanks and concrete bases; as well as construction of a pump house.

A significant portion of the work on the water supply improvement project was carried out by residents with support in the form of designs, and project management as well as construction supervision from Rural Water Supply Limited, an agency of the Water Ministry.

Minister Pickersgill urged the residents to report any leaks, breaches or incidents of theft, and reminded them of their responsibility to safeguard the system.

“Illegal connections and the destruction of infrastructure will cause retrogression and inhibit access to clean, safe water and sanitary systems. We must all cherish and protect our community assets from vandalism, abuse and deterioration,” he said.

Mayor of Spanish Town, Councillor Norman Scott who was integral in highlighting the plight of the residents, and Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Catherine, Denise Daley also welcomed the initiative.