The Government has boosted water and service reliability for 52,000 Jamaicans in rural communities through water supply systems at a cost of J$437 million.
Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Everald Warmington, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2023/24 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (May 31).
He also informed that in 2022, the Government distributed several 50,000-gallon water tanks, adding that “this Ministry is working to improve the lives of all Jamaicans”.
Meanwhile, the National Water Commission (NWC) replaced aged transmission lines during the 2022/23 financial year.
“Of note, the Spanish Town Road Transmission Main Replacement works were completed. Additionally, the NWC, in collaboration with the National Works Agency (NWA), continued the installation/replacement of pipelines along several corridors under the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Programme (SCHIP),” Warmington said.
He also informed that there are plans to roll out the Non-Revenue Water programme (NRW) islandwide, in the short to medium term.
“The NRW programme has yielded significant results, as we have seen a 26 per cent reduction in water losses in Portmore, and the project has surpassed its target of 60 per cent in Kingston and St Andrew,” Warmington stated.