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US$60m plant to ease capital’s water woes

Published:Thursday | May 6, 2021 | 12:30 AM

A 15-million-gallon water treatment plant to serve the Corporate Area is to be built within two years, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Everald Warmington has announced.

Construction of the plant is being pursued under a public-private partnership and is expected to commence during the current fiscal year.

Warmington, in making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate on Wednesday, noted that the National Water Commission (NWC) is required to supply an average of 55 million imperial gallons daily to meet the water requirements in Kingston and St Andrew during the dry seasons, which span June to September and December to April.

However, he said that under the current water-production conditions, only 28 million imperial gallons per day is available, resulting in the Corporate Area experiencing a daily shortfall of 27 million gallons of water, a situation expected to deteriorate further in the coming years.

The minister pointed out that there has been increased demand on the NWC because of the increase in the number of residential communities in the Corporate Area as well as St Catherine.

The new water-treatment facility is to be constructed at Content in St Catherine at an estimated cost of US$60 million and will use water from the Rio Cobre.

Warmington noted that the NWC supplies 180 million imperial gallons of potable water daily to more than 500,000 registered customers, representing approximately two million people across the country.