MONTEGO BAY, St James — THE Garlands Primary and Junior High School in Garlands, St James has received a significant boost with the implementation of a reliable water supply system by the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East in partnership with the Rotary Club of Winchester, Virginia; the Rotary Federation and the Rotary Club of East Nassau.
Under the initiative, a 10,000-gallon fabricated water tank was installed at the school to complement the existing 6,500-gallon water tank which was deemed inadequate.
Implemented at a cost of roughly US$30,000, the project also involves the provision of an additional pump to transfer the water between the two tanks at the institution.
For a very long time the deep rural community of Garlands has been plagued with prolonged dry spells. Principal of the Garlands Primary and Junior High School Merna Loy Hutchinson-Hart noted that the absence of a reliable water supply has contributed to frequent school closure during the dry months.
"We will no longer suffer from anxiety when the dry season approaches because we now have a system in place thanks to the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East," said the elated principal. "Having water, which is a very important basic need, will definitely make life easier for the students. Even if the community uses the supply we will still be alright," she said, at the recent handing over ceremony.
The new system, she noted, will also improve sanitation at the school, thus reducing the incidence of water-borne diseases.
It is hoped that the community will demonstrate the best practices in rainwater harvesting so that the community may adopt and develop similar systems for their homes
President of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East Winsome Stewart was happy to assist the community. "We barely mentioned wanting to provide a tank for the school to the President of the Rotary Club of Nassau and immediately received a US$1,000 donation and then received US$28,680 from the Rotary Foundation shortly after."