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South Trelawny water woes being eased

Published:Wednesday | February 15, 2017 | 12:25 AMLeon Jackson
Falmouth Mayor Colin Gager (centre, front) and Water Minister, Dr Horace Chang, (front, right) turning on the new John Daggy Water System in Warsop, Trelawny, much to the delight of the residents, who are looking on.

Western Bureau:

The water woes of residents in the communities of Albert Town, Stettin, Ulster Spring, and Freeman's Hall, in southern Trelawny, are soon to become a thing of the past, thanks to plans to commission a $95 million Quasi Water System in that section of the parish,

The good news was conveyed to the residents by Dr Horace Chang, minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, who has special responsibility for Water, Works and Housing. The announcement was made during Monday's commissioning of the John Daggy Water Supply System in Warsop, in Trelawny.

According to the Minister, engineers are now doing preparatory work to ensure that the much-needed Quasi Water System will be up and running by October 2017.

Regarding the John Daggy Water Supply System, which was designed to improve the quality of life of the 56 residents in the small rural district, it falls under the Rural Water Supply Limited, which has a mandate to bring potable water to rural communities.

 

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Chang said that the system will benefit more than 200 persons, who were previously without a suitable source of water, "It (water) is critical to all of life's activities," said Chang. "... the domestic chores of families can be better cared for, the farmers, during drought, will have water in their taps to help them maintain their position as one of the main areas contributing to the country's economy through agriculture."

The system will provide water from springs, which has never run dry, into tanks with a capacity of 4,000 gallons. From its hilly perch, the system will gravity feed water into the district, enabling it to get into homes and in pipe stands on the streets.

For residents like Beverly Brooks, who is now benefitting from the new system, it has come as a big relief, ending their long-standing plight of having little or no water at their disposal.

"There were times we had to travel long distances through rough road for water or depend on the water truck," said Brooks. "Today it's a relief to know that I can have water in my home .... this one step towards getting rid of pit latrine."