A new primary water supply network will soon be established on the north-west side of the island. On Friday February 17, a contract worth over EC$4 million was signed for the construction of eight water storage tanks and supply lines.
The Ministry of Health and Environment with funding from the World Bank, under the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) will be providing storage tanks to the communities of Morne Rachette, Colihaut, Bioche, Picard, Glanvillia, Grange, Cottage and Savanne Paille.
The Hon Minister for Health and Environment, Dr Kenneth Darroux commented on the impact this project will have on the benefiting communities.
“The provision of access to clean water and the need for improved water storage and distribution infrastructure to ensure a high quality, reliable water supply, especially during periods of drought and after heavy rainfall or storms is of paramount importance to the government as a means of continuously improving the quality of life of its citizens and northwest coast water project is one such initiative under the DVRP to address this goal,” he said.
More than 20 communities will be positively impacted as a result of this project. “It is anticipated that this will significantly contribute to eliminating the water supply difficulties currently being experienced in these communities,” the minister stated.
He expressed gratitude to the World Bank and the Climate Investment Fund for the implementation of the project and pledged government’s continued partnership with these organizations.
The project is expected to be completed within 12 months and will be constructed by local contractors, ACE Engineering Ltd, F&C Construction and Stewco Construction.