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Worries over Negril's multimillion-dollar sewage plant

Published:Monday | October 6, 2014 | 9:12 AM
Dr Wykeham McNeill - File

Tourism Minister, Dr Wykeham McNeil, says he has concerns that a plan to improve sewage treatment in Negril, Westmoreland, is not proceeding in the expected timeline.

McNeil informed of his concerns during a recent visit to the sewage treatment plant which serves Negril and surrounding communities.

During the visit, McNeil held talks with representatives of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the National Water Commission (NWC).

Those representatives reportedly told McNeil that based on the design, the plan was working as expected.

However, the Tourism Minister insisted that he and others still had concerns about the treatment of sewage.

And he stressed that there is not much time for corrective work to be done to meet the December 2015 deadline.

The Tourism Ministry says the NWC and NEPA are to provide McNeill with a plan for advanced treatment that he will discuss with relevant Cabinet colleagues for speedy action.

In 2012, a $278-million waste-water treatment plant was opened after intensified concerns about the flow of waste water into rivers.

Negril is a key area in Jamaica's tourism industry and home to the world famous seven-mile white sand beaches.


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