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More communities to benefit from improved NWC supply

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 9:25 AM

In its continued effort to increase its coverage especially in rural communities, the National Water Commission (NWC) recently signed two contracts with the Rural Water Supply Limited for the Clydesdale to Content Gap Water Supply Project in St Andrew and the Rose Well Water Supply Project in Clarendon.

Constructed in 1960 and designed to last for 20 years, the Clydesdale Water Supply Scheme is not currently able to adequately serve the growing needs of the population of the communities of Clydesdale, Content Gap and Guava Ridge.   

According to the NWC, even with the incorporation of two small, previously independent water supply systems the supply to these communities remains inadequate.

The NWC says in order to provide some level of service to the almost 5,000 persons it has been manipulating the system to the greatest extent possible where communities now get water on a regulated basis. 
“A more comprehensive solution will now be realised when this contract is implemented.  The scope of works under the project will involve the installation of approximately 2.7 kilometres of 150mm ductile Iron pipes to replace the existing leaky pipeline,” said the NWC  

The other communities to benefit from this water supply improvement are Chestervale, Wolf Square, North and South St Peters, Mount Lebanon, Mavis Bank, Valda, Green Piece and Quashie Gap, Salt Hill and Guava Ridge.

In the meantime, Clarendon will also benefit from improvement in water supply as the NWC provides several solutions for Rose Well and adjoining areas.  

The scope of the works under the Palmetto Pen/Bread Nut Bottom/Rose Well Water Supply Scheme involves the installation of 3.4km of pipelines, installation of service laterals and reinstatement of pipeline trenches. 

“Already the pipe-laying works as well as flushing and sterilisation works have been completed and road reinstatements are now in progress and are expected to be concluded by mid-July,” said the NWC

“Once completed, residents in the beneficiary rural communities will begin to experience a significant improvement in their living conditions,” added the commission.