The installation of a new transmission water main from Ferry to Rock Pond in Red Hills is expected to take place this financial year.
The work, representing an investment of $1.7 billion to improve service delivery by the National Water Commission (NWC) to the area, is part of NWC’s multibillion-dollar Kingston Metropolitan Area Transmission Mains Replacement and Upgrading Programme.
This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator Matthew Samuda.
He said that the Ferry to Rock Pond main will be the primary feeder line for Red Hills and surrounding communities and will “fundamentally change water supply in this entire area”.
“The supply has never been sufficient for the people of Red Hills and we are going to correct that. We have budgeted and allocated and have completed the final schematics… for the Ferry to Rock Pond Project,” he informed.
“We are pulling water from several sources to ensure the people of Red Hills, the people of Stony Hill and all those who are [supplied] by Constant Spring Pond and by the Rock Pond reservoir get better water,” he added.
Samuda noted that the Ferry to Rock Pond system is one of two major projects that will commence this fiscal year to improve water supply to St. Andrew West Rural.
The other will see $750 million being invested in the Essex Hall Water Supply Improvement Project to improve storage, processing, pumping, and distribution capacity.
Beneficiary communities include Essex Hall, Salisbury Plain, Unity, Border, Lawrence Tavern and its environs, Burn Shop District, Content, and Cavaliers.
“It is going to significantly change the quality of life of [persons] in and around the Essex Hall-Lawrence Tavern area,” he said.
The Minister indicated that capital projects totalling $7 billion are programmed during fiscal year 2023/24 to upgrade Jamaica’s water infrastructure, representing some of the most significant investments made in the sector.
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