President of the National Water Commission (NWC) Mark Bennett has stated that several major rehabilitation and expansion projects are being undertaken by the state-owned company in St. Catherine.
Bennett was speaking on Thursday, July 12, during the monthly general meeting of the St. Catherine Municipal Corporation in Spanish Town.
“We have a number of works we are pursuing; the NWC will be actively working to get those completed,” he said.
The NWC President also assured that most resources needed to complete these works across the parish are in place, so he expects no further delays.
“The financial resources are not a matter of question, so these works should be started in the shortest period,” Bennett added.
The list of facilities to be targeted by the NWC: Blackwood Gardens Sewage Treatment Plant in Old Harbour Bay; De La Vega Waste Water Treatment Ponds, Horizon Park Sewage Treatment Plant and Tawes Pen Waste Water Treatment Plant, which serves parts of Spanish Town; Eltham Sewage Treatment Plant outside the old capital; as well as the Greater Portmore Sewage Treatment Plant.
“We believe based on these activities, we would have been addressing some of the critical waste water issues that beset the parish,” he said.
What’s more, potable water projects are also being considered to improve supply.
“Tapping into the Rio Cobre is a good possibility and we’ve also looked at how we can interlink our network so it becomes more efficient,” he contended.
To this end, Bennett said that water linkages between Kingston and Spanish Town have been established.
Another option being increasingly considered, according to Bennett, is the proposed construction of a 15-million imperial (US) gallon water treatment facility at Content, on the Rio Cobre, which would provide that added capacity the NWC seeks.
Earlier this year, Bennett had announced that the NWC would be entering into a public/private partnership (PPP), and, at Thursday’s meeting, he explained the process was in “advanced stages”.
By Gavin Riley