Jamaica | Mar 13, 2023

Residents set to benefit from Greater Mandeville Water Supply Improvement Project

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Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator Matthew Samuda. (Photo: Contributed)

Residents of Manchester and sections of St Elizabeth will now have greater access to a reliable source of water through the Greater Mandeville Water Supply Improvement Project.

The project, which spans five years and is now in its third year of development, includes well pumps and transmission pipeline replacements, supply, and installation of a 200,000-imperial-gallon steel tank.

It also facilitates the construction of three new well sites, and the installation of new transmission mains to replace aged infrastructure and seven new pumping units.

Mathew Samuda, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, said the system is part of the Government’s plan to build resilience in the country’s water supply.

“When completed, more than 35,000 constituents will benefit.”

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator Matthew Samuda (right) converses with Associate Vice President for Academic Administration at Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Dr. Vincent Peterkin, during the closing ceremony for Research Week 2023 at the NCU campus in Mandeville, Manchester, on Thursday (March 9). (Photo: Contributed).

He said: “It will provide reliable water to all of Mandeville. All of the communities from Pepper in St Elizabeth and all the way to central Mandeville will benefit, and, significantly, the project will build resilience in communities including the Northern Caribbean University (NCU).”

The minister further added that the Government is taking steps to protect the environment and build the country’s capacity to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

“We are ensuring that where sea walls are required, we are doing the technical designs and trying to attract international funding to do it. We are actively working to restore the greatest areas of degradation of mangrove forests on the south coast, and actively working with others to ensure we put in place solutions that not only capture carbon but also protect our near-shore environment,” Samuda said.

He noted that the effects of climate change are already evident.

“Rainfall patterns have shifted, and sea levels have risen to claim some lands,” he pointed out.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator Matthew Samuda (right) listens to a point from President of the Northern Caribbean University, Lincoln Edwards, during the closing ceremony of Research Week 2023, at the university campus in Mandeville, Manchester, on March 9. (Photo: Contributed).

“We have to do our part in reducing emissions.”

This is by, among other things, “changing how you produce energy and changing out the national fleet to electric vehicles”, he said.

Samuda pointed out that Jamaica was the 11th country in the world to submit to the United Nations (UN) its updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), which are the standards the country has set for emissions reduction.

Jamaica and the United Kingdom (UK) were co-chairs of the NDC partnership for two years, up to November 2022, and the partnership worked with the UN to get countries to make commitments and submit credible scientifically provable plans to bring emissions down.

 “Our NDCs have committed to a 40 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030, and we will achieve that by ensuring that 50 per cent of our energy production is from renewables by 2030,” he said.

He cited the Wigton Wind Farm in Manchester and the solar park in Westmoreland as evidence of Jamaica’s commitment towards renewable energy.

In addition, work is slated to start this year on the construction of a floating solar plant at Mona Reservoir to provide 45 megawatts of clean, reliable, energy, and the ministry is looking to engage private investors to produce 200 megawatts from a combination of wind, solar and hydropower.


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