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Water project in pipeline for poor St Elizabeth community

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 2:00 AM

Trenail, a district situated in the community of Maggoty in North West St Elizabeth, is set to benefit from a $16.7-million water project under the Basis Needs Trust Fund next fiscal year.

The project is to be implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and is part of a wider effort to reduce poverty and vulnerability in communities through enhanced access to basic and social infrastructure and human resource development services.

The project, designed by JSIF, includes the installation of chlorination chambers, rehabilitation of catchment area and a tank.

"The rehabilitation of the tank will allow it to retain the harvested rainwater, which will be used in conjunction with the small storage containers in each household," Loy Malcolm, general manager in charge of project management at JSIF, told The Gleaner.

She said that if the JSIF-designed project is implemented, Trenail and adjoining districts will have increased access to potable water for domestic use as well as to aid with farming, which is the main livelihood for most residents.

 

critical asset

 

According to Malcolm, given the absence of a National Water Commission connection in the community, as well as the absence of an alternate water source in the district, the parish tank is a critical asset to secure water for the rural farming community.

"Trenail is a poor district situated in the community of Maggoty in North West St Elizabeth. The community is characterised by high unemployment, poor farm feeder road, a high percentage of pit latrines for sanitation system (44.44 per cent ), and there is no water supply. The main economic activity in Trenail is farming," was the way Malcolm described the community.

The Trenail water supply project has been tendered on two occasions but no contract was awarded for the project. Malcolm said a revised approach is being proposed to allow for retendering before the end of the fiscal year.