The Government of Jamaica plans to undertake the development and expansion of 3 water systems in order to improve service and delivery. These are the the Rio Bueno water treatment plant in Trelawny and the Rio Cobre water and Soapberry wastewater treatment plants in St. Catherine.

Thanks in no small part to the resort developments in the area, Rio Bueno is slated to finally receive a reliable water supply. The announcement was made by the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during his Throne Speech. The speech was themed:  ‘Building a Partnership for Prosperity’, and was delivered at Thursday’s (April 14) Ceremonial Opening of Parliament, for the 2016/17 legislative year.

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“This plant is (also) designed to meet the resort development plans for Trelawny, St. Ann and St. Mary….(and) will form a part of the larger North Eastern Parishes Water Supply Improvement Project,” the Governor-General stated.

He disclosed that the plant will provide between 15 and 20 million gallons of water per day to several adjoining communities.

The key stakeholders in this undertaking are: the National Water Commission (NWC), Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), and international development partners. Source.

Editor’s personal comments:

Trelawny should be called the water parish of Jamaica. Our Martha Brae water serves Trelawny, St. James, St. Ann and soon to come, Westmoreland. Now Rio Bueno is lined up to serve St. Ann and St. Mary. Yet, do local communities like Sherwood Content have a reliable water supply? What if there were no resorts, would the people of Rio Bueno receive water, even though the Rio Bueno River runs alongside the community?


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