Ground has been broken for the Canaan/Adelphi Water Supply System
that will benefit more than 70,000 residents of several communities in deep rural St. James.
According to JIS, the $300-million project is being undertaken by the National Water Commission (NWC) through partnership with Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), with funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).
It will include installation of a 300,000-gallon storage tank, new pump plant equipment at the Caanan Well, and transmission pipelines to a terminal storage tank at Cedar Hill in Somerton.
Distribution pipelines will be installed in communities such as Somerton, Adelphi, Good Will, Hurlock, Windsor, Chelsea, Irwin and Latium.
Minister of Tourism and MP for the area, Edmund Bartlett, said that the water system will be supplied by the Canaan Well,”which has recently been cleaned, pump tested and licensed to produce approximately three million gallons of water per day, which is adequate to serve a population of 70,000 people, each provided with approximately 35 gallons per day”.