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Gov't exploring making rainwater harvesting mandatory for developments

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2013 | 4:50 PM

Minister of Water and Environment, Robert Pickersgill, says the Government is looking at making it mandatory for all developments to make allowances for rainwater harvesting.

Pickersgill says the harvesting system should be in place whether they are connected to the central water supply system or not.

He says the move is part of efforts by the government to create a system where more Jamaicans harvest rainwater for domestic use.

The Water and Environment Minister points out that rainwater harvesting is especially important for areas that experience irregular supply from the public system.

He noted that having such a facility in place reduces the demand on the public water supply infrastructure, saves on water bills, and helps in the mitigation of flooding.

To this end, Pickersgill says the Government is looking to strengthen its policy which requires persons undertaking development to provide their own domestic water where there is no connection to a central water system.

He was addressing yesterday’s official handing over of the Pleasant Valley Water Catchment Facility in Clarendon.

Meanwhile, Pickersgill said that the programme for the rehabilitation of 282 community catchment tanks is ongoing.

He said 37 tanks have already been repaired, and the Government is moving swiftly to repair and rehabilitate the remainder.

The preliminary estimate for the works is approximately 250 million dollars.


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