Trelawny cry­ing for wa­ter

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MEM­BER OF PAR­LIA­MENT: Marisa Dal­rym­ple Philib­ert CON­STITUENCY: Trelawny South­ern

MEM­BER OF Par­lia­ment (MP) Marisa Dal­rym­ple Philib­ert used her con­tri­bu­tion to the Con­stituency De­bate in the Par­lia­ment to is­sue an ap­peal to the Govern­ment for im­prove­ments in the wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture in the con­stituency.

“Dr (Ho­race) Chang,” she said, “the cry for wa­ter in South Trelawny is deaf­en­ing. Over these many years, I have con­stantly had wa­ter dis­trib­uted through­out the con­stituency and sev­eral wa­ter tanks have been given to com­mu­ni­ties and in­di­vid­u­als in an at­tempt to ad­dress the des­per­ate need of wa­ter.”

Dr Chang is the min­is­ter with­out port­fo­lio with re­spon­si­bil­ity for wa­ter in the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Growth and Job Cre­ation.

The MP said pri­or­ity has been


given to truck wa­ter to in­sti­tu­tions such as the schools, health cen­tres and the po­lice.

But Dal­rym­ple, who said the ma­jor project this year was the es­tab­lish­ment of a foot­ball field in Ul­ster Spring, stressed that more needs to be done to get wa­ter for the con­stituency.

“I pay trib­ute to the own­ers of wa­ter trucks who con­tin­u­ally sup­port us, de­spite the long de­lays in re­ceiv­ing their pay­ments. So, Dr Chang, I join with the peo­ple of South Trelawny and say it is time for us to have run­ning wa­ter. We want to turn on our show­ers and have a nice bath too. Like Job, we will con­tinue to wait pa­tiently for the wa­ter project you have promised to us in your re­cent pre­sen­ta­tion in Par­lia­ment.”

Dur­ing his Sec­toral De­bate con­tri­bu­tion in July, Chang an­nounced a $95-mil­lion project to re­place eight kilo­me­tres of pipe­line from Sa­muel Prospect to Baron Hill in Trelawny.

He said then that the en­gi­neer­ing de­signs for the Quassi wa­ter-sup­ply sys­tem in South Trelawny were be­ing com­pleted and pre­pared for ten­der­ing. Res­i­dents of Trelawny walk miles to get wa­ter.

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