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Millions allocated to truck water in western parishes

Published:Friday | February 28, 2014 | 9:25 AM

Sheldon Williams, Gleaner Writer



Members of Parliament and local representatives in drought-affected parishes, in western Jamaica, have received more than $20 million for the trucking of water to communities.




The Meteorological Service has indicated that Hanover, St James, Westmoreland, St Elizabeth and parts of Trelawny and St Catherine, are still being affected by drought conditions.



The annual dry period, which runs from January to the end of March.



Junior Minister for Water, Ian Hayles said a committee has been meeting to ensure that critically affected areas of each parish are identified and water is trucked to meet the needs of residents.



According to the State Minister, a water delivery schedule has been worked out.



Hayles said while the western parishes continue to be the worst affected by the drought conditions, every parish council across the island has been allocated funds for the trucking of water.



Some $40 million has already been spent to repair and improve over 50 water tanks island-wide.



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