More water coming for 70,000 residents in rural St James

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, addresses the ceremony to break ground for the Canaan/Adelphi Water Supply System in Somerton, St James, on February 5.

More than 70,000 residents of several communities in deep rural St James will benefit from the establishment of the Caanan/Adelphi Water Supply System.

The $300-million project is being undertaken by the National Water Commission (NWC) through a partnership with Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), with funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

“The truth is we cannot survive without water, and it is a basic commodity and right we all must be able to access.”

— Bartlett

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.

Canaan Well

Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony on in Somerton on February 5, Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, said that the RSWL has been contracted by the NWC to carry out all major designs and supervise the project.

He 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.”

Bartlett, who is Member of Parliament for East Central St James, said that the project will ensure reliable access to water for thousands of residents of the parish.

“Many take for granted the ability to simply turn on their taps to the gushing sound of clean water. The truth is we cannot survive without water, and it is a basic commodity and right we all must be able to access,” he noted.