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CABINET DECISION PENDING ON REVISED WATER SECTOR POLICY

Posted by Editor (Wendy) on May 17 2017 at 5:57 PM
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Cabinet is expected to review and approve a revised Water Sector Policy for Jamaica shortly, as disclosed by Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who said the Policy commits the Government to providing universal access to improved water services for all Jamaicans by 2030. Dr. Chang said that the Policy represents the Administration’s decisive approach to addressing the challenges that many Jamaicans experience with the lack of adequate and reliable potable water, particularly in rural communities.  

“Under the draft policy, 85 per cent of the island will be designated as Utility Service Areas where piped water supplied by a utility service provider is done at the least-cost method.  These areas will largely be serviced by the National Water Commission,” he explained.The Minister said the rest of the island will be supplied by the Rural Water Supply Limited, where water supplied is not the least-cost method of providing the service. “Extension of utility services will largely be financed by the NWC.  It is estimated that up to 2030, US$3.4 billion will have to be invested in the rehabilitation and expansion of NWC’s network, both in the rural and urban areas,” he added.Minister Chang said the Policy and Development Strategy also envisages the establishment of a Water Access Fund which will be a revolving facility managed by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.This Fund, the Minister explained, will provide loan or grant financing for projects in Non-Utility Service Areas.

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