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St Bess gets new water supply system

Published:Tuesday | December 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Omar Sweeney, managing director of the JSIF (second left), and J.C. Hutchnson, the member of Parliament for North West St Elizabeth (third left), at the handover of the Trenail, Maggoty, water system last week.

The Trenail Water Supply System in Maggoty, St Elizabeth, was officially commissioned into service in the district last week.

The project, which was completed at a cost of $24.8 million, will directly benefit the 3,400 residents of Trenail, Retirement, Hominy Hall, Bethsalem, and Maroon Town.

At the commissioning and handover ceremony, Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, said that the organisation, along with the Government are committed to the development of the quality of life of citizens in Jamaica.

He said that women and children, in particular, were usually the most affected by the lack of water, which cuts into productivity time, so his organisation embraced projects of this nature.

"We know that without water, life is just uncomfortable. Having the water enables better, more productive activities by women and children, especially in the household, and so this is the type of upliftment that we want to see with this type of investment," he said.

For his part, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson, commended the work of the JSIF, and encouraged the residents to continue to utilise their governance structure to advocate for development within their community.

"For any project to come into an area, it has to come through an organisation. No one man can come and apply to JSIF to say they want a project. It has to come through an organisation," he said.

 

EXTENDING THE PROJECT

 

Hutchinson also said that efforts would be made to extend the project to other areas of St Elizabeth.

The project, which was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), and the JSIF, included the rehabilitation of an 80,000-gallon tank, the rehabilitation and extension of a concrete catchment pad, the construction of a sand filter and chlorination system, and the testing and sterilisation of the PVC pipeline.