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PM says $180m to be spent on 15 new water trucks

Published:Monday | September 21, 2015 | 9:29 AM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, has announced that $180 million is to be used to buy 15 new water trucks to help sections of the island affected by the ongoing drought. 

She says several areas of Jamaica are still facing difficulties despite the investments in water distribution. 

However, she says her administration is committed to lessening the effects and the new trucks will be purchased immediately. 

Meanwhile, Simpson Miller says apart from investments being made by the National Water Commission, her administration is spending $300 million in to improve water distribution in areas worst affected by the drought. 

 

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

Another US$120 million will be being spent to bring water into the Kingston Metropolitan Area over the long term. 

Jamaica has been experiencing a drought caused largely by the absence of the usual May to June rains.

As a result there have been severe water restrictions while farmers in rural areas have complained of difficulties coping.