Improved water supply for residents, businesses along Spanish Town Road
Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the National Water Commission’s (NWC) upgrading of the Spanish Town Road distribution line in Kingston will result in increased and reliable water supply for the beneficiary residents and businesses.

Some 20 kilometres of pipes have been installed along one of the most heavily trafficked corridors, from Six Miles to Blake Road, near the intersection with South Camp Road.

The Spanish Town Road Potable Water Supply Transmission Main Project is the largest single pipeline replacement activity undertaken locally, since the Rio Cobre transmission main was replaced 10 years ago.

Construction, which commenced in November 2020, was completed in July 2022. Holness toured a section of the project area in the vicinity of the Mother White Bridge on Spanish Town Road last Friday.

Describing the project as a “nation building investment”, the prime minister said the work undertaken should last upwards of 50 years.

“The Government decided to undertake a $2.4 billion investment… and that included putting in new mains along the Mandela Highway and a new main running all the way along Spanish Town Road. That has the capability to bring in approximately 15 million gallons of water into Kingston and St. Andrew. This is a massive project with significant impact for the [beneficiary] communities,” he said.

The pipeline is expected to reduce service disruptions, eliminate non-revenue water, and improve network flexibility to mitigate the effects of drought conditions in sections of the Corporate Area.

Secondary distribution lines have been installed along both sides of Spanish Town Road to minimise the need for road excavations to provide future service connections.

The project will be complemented by work being undertaken along Waltham Park Road, which will see the installation of distribution lines which are expected to provide improved service connections for 600 households in Whitfield Town. That work commenced in August and is expected to be completed in November.

Holness, who noted that the pipeline replacement project is consistent with the Government’s infrastructure development thrust, said other improvement works will be undertaken along Spanish Town Road.

Meanwhile, NWC Vice President for Engineering and Capital Projects, Garth Jackson, said the current intake of water through the Spanish Town Road system is about five million gallons.

“But once we get the Rio Cobre into it, it will have the capacity to take a further 15 million. The capacity of the pipeline is about 10 to 15 million gallons, so we have the capability to take more water there,” he informed.

Jackson also advised that work will shortly begin on the Port Royal transmission main.

“That will then ensure that the development plans for Port Royal are taken into consideration,” he said

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