Gov’t to reduce non-revenue water
Advances are being made on the Kingston and St. Andrew Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Co-Management Project, noted Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
"This project is supposed to last for five years. We're making steady progress in mapping meters and finding leaks, so we will be able to reduce non-revenue water," he said.
The Prime Minister was speaking at his quarterly press briefing held at his Devon Road offices in St Andrew.
NRW refers to water that has been produced and is lost before it reaches the customer.
Losses can happen as a result of leaks, theft, or metering inaccuracies.
The project is intended to improve water supply to residents and save the National Water Commission (NWC) billions of dollars in lost revenue.
President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, said the project is almost at the end of its second year, and improvements have been made in non-revenue water reduction.
Meanwhile, Holness noted that in May of this year, a Regional Water Financing Conference, hosted by the NWC in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, was successful in assisting regional water and sewerage utilities in the formulation and financing of action plans.
These plans will result in consumers having greater access to reliable water and sewerage services at the least possible cost, taking into consideration prevailing local conditions.
He also announced that rainwater-harvesting systems have been installed in 10 schools, and "we're moving towards the sustainable provision of water in areas where we cannot supply water using the conventional piped system".
Other water projects in the pipeline to be implemented by the NWC involve a partnership with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica to install floating solar panels on the Mona Reservoir, and the completion of certain existing projects in Hanover, Westmoreland and Clarendon.
Cabinet has also approved the NWC going to market to procure 150,000 electronic meters to be installed across the island, which is expected to begin later this year.