Plans for the Future
During 2010 and 2011, the NWC spent much of the time planning and preparing for the implementation of a transformative programme over the next 5-10 years as part of its Vision 2030 programme. The plan is includes the implementation of a wide ranging series of improvement projects to the tune of an estimated $100B for water supply and a further $75B for wastewater.
The plan is aimed at moving Jamaica's direct house-to-house water supply coverage from 73% of households to 85%, boosting efficiency and service reliability and other parameters that would enable the NWC to boast of achieving its ambitious vision of becoming the # 1 water services utility in the Caribbean and Latin America in terms of coverage, customer satisfaction, reliability, efficiency, compliance and viability by 2015.
The still dynamic plan has identified and costed not only the areas of need or surplus but also the strategic initiatives to be undertaken to satisfy those unmet needs in the shortest and most efficient way possible.
Under the planned programme, which includes Jamaica Water Supply Improvement Project (JWSIP) and some other projects already underway, major work would be undertaken in every parish in keeping with the specific details of the assessed water supply deficits.
The major areas of focus for the $100B islandwide water improvement plan include:
- Refurbishing/Upgrading of Water Production Sources
- Intake Works rehabilitation
- Water Treatment Plants rehabilitation
- Network refurbishing to reduce technical losses and improve service level
- Replacement of pipelines
- Pressure zoning and improved pressure management
- Refurbishing/replacement of water storage tanks
- Pumping Equipment rehabilitation
- Well Rehabilitation
- Detailed inspection
- Well cleaning
- Replacement of well casings/screens
- Supply Extension
- Providing water to areas not now served
- Providing > 85% household coverage