Clarendon moving to mandatory rainwater harvesting
Chairman of the Clarendon Parish Council Scean Barnswell says the council is now taking steps to ensure that in the future buildings are constructed with a catchment tank for rainwater harvesting.
He says it will become a mandatory requirement for the approval of all building plans.
Mayor Barnswell says will this will help particularly during drought conditions.
Mayor Barnswell made the announcement at the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the construction of the Mason River Water Supply Tank, which is being carried out in six phases at a cost of $202.3 million.
He says the 100,000 gallon tank and catchment facility will significantly reduce the amount of money council will spend on trucking water to Mason River, Sandy River, Kellits and surrounding areas in Northern Clarendon.
He notes that at present it costs the parish council 35,000 to truck a load of water to the community.
He says the cash could be diverted to assist with other meaningful projects that will benefit the parish.
He reiterates that of all the six constituencies in the parish, Northern Clarendon is the worst affected by the drought because its residents rely heavily on minor water supply systems.