The government of Jamaica, through the National Water Commission (NWC), is planning to undertake a $225m water project in the parish of Hanover, to provide reliable water supply to the residents in the region.
The system is expected to provide drinkable water to about 9,000 people in 15 communities in Eastern Hanover, reported Jamaica Information Service.
The government is planning to construct the Cascade / Claremont / Jericho supply system in the hilly area, which is currently being served by an inadequate and temporary water scheme.
To be completed in 13 months, the project work will include connecting the existing Great River and the Lucea water supply at Paradise.
It will also involve setting up a new re-lift station at Paradise and Retrieve with a 30,000-gallon storage tank, and installing 2.2km of water pipelines from Paradise to German Hill.
In addition, the work includes building a 100,000 gallon water tank at German Hill, and installing water pipelines between German Hill and Retrieve, Retrieve and Cascade, and Claremont and Retrieve.
Laying 18km of water distribution pipelines for different districts and setting up a 250,000 gallon storage tank at Cascade will also be carried out under the project.
As a part of the project, the government has awarded a contract worth $20.3m to Share Con.
Share Con will be responsible for the construction, testing, flushing, sterilisation and commissioning of about 2,850m of transmission pipeline from the Great River to the Lucea bulk transmission mains around Paradise.
NWC chairman Leary Myers said the project is a part of $200bn capital investment programme, aimed at improving potable water supply to the residents of the country and especially to the rural communities and small townships.
"This will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the quality of life of the residents. Hanover is one of the parishes now severely affected by drought," Myers added.
"Now, 15 communities will benefit from this long-awaited improvement project."
Image: The government of Jamaica is planning to undertake a $225m worth water project in the parish of Hanover. Photo: Courtesy of Ingolfson.