Pro­ject pro­posed to ease water woes

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

MEM­BER OF Par­lia­ment for West Ru­ral St An­drew Juliet Cuth­bertF­lynn says im­ple­men­ta­tion of a water pro­ject in the area will as­sist in solv­ing the water short­age ex­pe­ri­enced by the res­i­dents.

Mak­ing her con­tri­bu­tion to the 2016-17 Con­stituency De­bate in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, she said the pro­ject would sub­stan­tially in­crease the vol­ume of potable water to these com­mu­ni­ties and re­duce non-rev­enue water to an ac­cept­able level.

Cuth­bert-Flynn said an as­sess­ment re­veals two main rea­sons for the poor water sys­tems. First, the cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture spent on ru­ral plants is in­ad­e­quate and the level of non-rev­enue water loss is ex­tremely high.

“West Ru­ral St An­drew has a pop­u­la­tion of over 50,000 in­hab­i­tants. This area is sup­plied with water from a num­ber of small sources within the area. Chief among them are the King We­ston, Bar­nett Wood and the ChuChu sys­tems,” she said.

“A sig­nif­i­cant part of the pop­u­la­tion, how­ever, lives in deep ru­ral ar­eas where there is lit­tle or no in­fra­struc­ture. And where there is water, there is a high level of water loss and a low level of water rev­enue col­lec­tion,” she noted.

The so­lu­tion, Cuth­bert-Flynn said, is to iden­tify six re­li­able sources for water ex­trac­tion based on cur­rent and fu­ture needs.

The pro­posed sources iden­ti­fied are Chu Chu Bot­tom/Smith Vil­lage, Bar­nett Wood, Pi­geon Val­ley, Con­tent, King We­ston, and Sec­ond Break­fast.

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