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North Western Parishes Water Supply Improvement Project (Martha Brae – Harmony Hall/Braco Component) - Trelawny

The Martha Brae – Harmony Hall/Braco Water Supply Component of the bigger North Western Parishes Water Supply Service Improvement Project (NWPWSSP), is one of several major undertakings by the National Water Commission under its transformation and modernization plan.   This component of the project has already been completed, ahead of schedule and within the established budget, and is already providing the water supply catalyst for several developments being planned for the North Coast. Some of these include the Harmony Hall development, construction of 1000 new hotel rooms, the Coral Spring Resort, which will involve the development of over 200 residential lots and the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium (Greenfield) to host the Cricket World Cup. Overall, in addition to the major developments facilitated, some 20,000 persons will benefit directly and another 10,000 persons will be connected to this system over the next 10 years.
The Martha Brae Project involved:

  1. Refurbishment of Martha Brae water treatment plant to achieve design capacity of 6mgd, plant currently producing about 3 MGD

  2. Installation of just over 19 km of trunk main from plant to the New Harmony Hall reservoir

  3. Construction of two (0.5 MG) service reservoirs; (i) Duncans and (ii) Harmony Hall

All of the above listed works have been completed and some benefits are already being derived.

The other component of the NWPWSSP is a Non Revenue Water Reduction Component to include System Audits; Mapping of network; Macro and micro metering; Zoning of distribution system including pressure reducing; and various Rehabilitation works. This component is ongoing and is on schedule for completion on time.

 
Milk River Water Supply Project - Clarendon

Work on water supply improvement project in Milk River has been completed at a cost of JA$82M with the exception of the Rest well pump installation. Customers are already being served with an adequate supply of potable water from the Preddie well source.
The main works included:

    1. Procurement and installation of pumping equipment

    2. Replacement of old and undersized water mains

    3. Installation of some 6 km of transmission mains and 2km of distribution main

    4. Construction of water storage tank

    5. UFW reduction and control program for the project area that will include source and district metering, leak detection and mains repair and mains replacement. 

6,000 persons will directly benefit from this project, (and many are already benefiting) including both previously existing under-served customers and new customers. Areas benefiting under this project include Milk River, Cherry Hill, Ramble Pen, Farquhar Beach and Pridees. The tourism potential of the Milk River area with the world famous spa, with improved potable water distribution, now has the possibility of positively turning the economic fortunes of the people in that community. 
This project is one of four being done under the European Union financed Rural Water Supply Project (Phase 2).

 
Kellits Water Supply - Clarendon

In Clarendon, some $13M was spent to improve the reliability of the supply from the Kellits Water Treatment Plant. The main elements of the project included installing two package treatment plants, along with the electrics and switchgear. The steel tank at Shooter was replaced.   Approximately 9000 persons in the area of Kellits, Crofts Hill and environs are benefiting from the successful completion of this project.
This project is one of several that have been implemented under the NWC/Red Stripe Partnership agreement and should involve Red Stripe in any official activity.

 
Christiana/Spalding Water Supply Project – Manchester/Clarendon

The Christiana/Spalding Project is nearing completion (about 90%) and will serve approximately 40,000 persons at a cost of approximately JA$165.5 million. Areas to benefit include Christiana, Chudleigh, Nine Miles, Halifax, Spalding, Moravia, Sedburgh, Kyle, Waterloo, Litchfield, Clay Hole, Zinc Shop, Santa Hill, Northie, Alston, Comfort, Baillieston and Nine Miles. It involves construction of a new water treatment plant, new high lift pump station, water storage facilities, improving and extending the existing water supply distribution network, reduction in the NRW (to 30% by the end of 2009) in the Christiana/Spalding area and also to set up a model for long term network management.
This project is one of four being done under the European Union financed Rural Water Supply Project (Phase 2).

 
Hope Bay/St. Margaret’s Bay Project Phase I - Portland

This project is now nearing completion at a cost of approximately JA$43.0 million. Approximately 4,000 persons will benefit from this project. The areas to benefit include Hope Bay, St. Margaret’s Bay, Union, Passley Gardens, Burlington and Cooling Springs in Portland.

The project involves refurbishing of the Hope Bay water treatment plant and the upgrading of the water transmission and distribution system.

This project another of the four projects being done under the European Union financed Rural Water Supply Project (Phase 2).

 
Venture River Water Supply Project - Westmoreland

The areas to benefit include Fort Williams, Hartford, Strawberry, Grange, Flower Hill Williamsfield and Burnt Savannah in Westmoreland.
The main elements of the project iclude:

  1. Construction of intake structures at Venture River to harness the water

  2. Installation of Lift Pump to pump water to a tank at Williamsfield.

  3. Installation of Switchgear and other Electricals at Venture River.
  4. Construction of 250,000 Gallons Bolted Steel Tank at Williamsfield

Most elements of this project are already completed and some persons are already benefiting ahead of final completion. This project is one of several that have been implemented under the NWC/Red Stripe Partnership agreement and should involve Red Stripe in any official activity.

 
Brighton – Little Bay Water Supply Project  - Westmoreland

The Communities to benefit from this water supply project include Brighton, Little Bay and Old Hope. The main elements of the project include:

  • Procurement and installation of transmission and distribution pipelines in the Project area (about 6.5 Km of 4-inch pipeline)

Most elements of this project are already completed and some persons are already benefiting ahead of final completion. This project is one of several that have been implemented under the NWC/Red Stripe Partnership agreement and should involve Red Stripe in any official activity.

 
Shipment of Chinese Pipes for Islandwide Projects – Corporate Area

The National Water Commission has received at its main stores at the Mona Reservoir Complex a shipment of pipes and related fixtures procured under special concessionary financing terms from the Peoples Republic of China. This shipment was received in November 2006 and included:

  • 7,150 lengths of 100mm (4”) diameter ductile iron pipes

  • 11,973 lengths of 150mm (6”) diameter ductile iron pipes

  • 3,346 lengths of 200mm (8”) diameter ductile iron pipes

The consignment of pipes from China have already been earmarked for a number of specific projects across the island and the arrival of this particular shipment will now facilitate the continued implementation of these activities to further improve and extend water and wastewater services to the country.

 
Woodlands/Blackgate Water Supply Project - Hanover

This project is aimed at utilizing water from the recently expanded Great River Water Treatment Plant and extending the transmission and distribution network to serve adjoining communities. With the help of funding from Red Stripe, the Communities to benefit from this water supply project include Bamboo, Woodlands, Blackgate and Harris Point in Hanover.
The main elements of the project include:

  • Procurement and installation of transmission pipelines (4 Km of 6-inch pipes)

  • Installation of a 100,000 Gallons Storage Tank

  • Installation of two Booster Pumps

This project is another one of the several projects that have been implemented under the  NWC/Red Stripe Partnership agreement and should involve Red Stripe in any official activity.
This project is also at an advanced stage of implementation.

 
Sherwood Water Supply Project – Trelawny

Implementation of the Sherwood Water Supply Project is advancing with the required pipeline already being laid and partially tested, the new filters and other treatment plant facilities progressing, as well as the legal preparations being made for the construction of the  22,000 gallons bolted steel tank. This project is another one of the several projects that have been implemented under the  NWC/Red Stripe Partnership agreement and should involve Red Stripe in any official activity.

 
Santa Cruz Water Supply – St. Elizabeth

Work on the implementation of the Santa Cruz Water Supply Project is far advanced and will bring about significant improvements to the water supply to the rapidly growing Santa Cruz area. The project involves restoration and equipping of the Santa Cruz Well and the installation of transmission pipelines. This project has been implemented in sections and will cost over $30M.

 
Soapberry Sewerage Project Phase 1 – Corporate Area

The Soapberry Project in Kingston and St. Andrew (KSA) is another example of an innovative approach to addressing a long-standing problem. The Ministry and NWC worked closely with other agencies such as the Urban Development Corporation and the National Housing Trust to make this project happen. 
The project cost is US$55M and the Urban Development Corporation is the lead agency in the construction phase of this project. The construction of the new wastewater treatment plant commenced in July 2005 and is scheduled for completion by September 2007, along with the trunk conveyance facilities and rehabilitation of a major pump station. The new plant will replace the dysfunctional Greenwich and Western sewage treatment plants.

This new plant will be expanded as the sewerage network is expanded over time. This is a critical project as a component in the Kingston Harbour cleanup Project as it would result in properly treated effluent being discharged into the harbour.

 
Hopefield Avenue Sewerage Project – Corporate Area

The installation of a collector sewer system along Hopefield Avenue forms part of the NWC’s master plan for a central sewerage collection system for the municipality of Kingston & St. Andrew. Currently, there are a number of proposed developments for this area which are dependent on the construction of this sanitary sewer. Ultimately, the works would result in improved environmental/public health conditions as well as increased revenue for the NWC from the collection and transportation of domestic sewage. 

Work on this project commenced on January 22, 2007 and is ongoing at a cost of $21,895,546.00.

 
Maammee Bay Water Supply Project – St. Ann

With several proposed hotels and sub-divisions expected to come on stream within the decade in the Maammee Bay and neighbouring environs the NWC saw it viable to improve the Maammee Bay Water Supply System.

This initial phase of the project will result in the provision of a more reliable and adequate water supply system to better serve the project area as well as enhance the tourism sector, as the hotels and resort sector will benefit from this improvement. The project contractor has been mobilized and it is anticipated that it will be completed within four (4) months at a cost of $17,907,690.00.

 
KMA Water Supply Rehabilitation Project – St. Catherine

The Kingston Metropolitan Area Water Supply Rehabilitation Project, apart from rehabilitating water supply facilities in the Greater Spanish Town and Portmore areas of St. Catherine, and replacing old leaky pipes in the old capital and nearby residential communities, will provide additional quantities of water to these areas. Different elements of this major project (the largest rehabilitation project in the history of the NWC with a total cost of approximately US$85 million) are at various stages of implementation and incremental benefits will continue to be realized over the next 2-3 years. The project is funded jointly by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the Government of Jamaica. 

This project will not only benefit the communities of Greater Spanish Town and south-east St. Catherine, but there will also be significant spin-offs for the Corporate Area as well.

Approval was recently received for one of five construction contracts under this project and work on this element has now started.  The works to be done over the next 18 months under this contract include:

  • Rehabilitation of 21 water production source facilities and relift stations;

  • Upgrading of the Spanish Town Water Treatment Plant;

  • Cleaning, resuscitation and/or re-drilling of 19 wells;

  • Repair of 11 reservoirs;

  • Replacement of approximately 19 km of transmission and distribution pipelines.   
 
Harmony Hall/Braco – Runaway Bay Water Supply Project  (Martha Brae Project Variation) – Trelawny/St. Ann

This project is being developed as another phase of the North Western Parishes Water Supply Project and aims at providing an adequate water transmission and distribution network extending from Braco in Trelawny along the coast to Runaway Bay in St. Ann. It would also significantly extend the NWC’s ‘ring-main’ that now stretches along the coast from Negril in the west through Lucea in Hanover, through Montego Bay in St. James and through Falmouth in Trelawny to Braco. This interconnected ‘ring-main’ is served by four major water supply sources, providing major benefits in terms of management flexibility and distribution options that protect customers from too frequent service interruptions. This Harmony Hall/Braco – Runaway Bay Water Supply Project will not only provide and improve and more reliable water supply for existing NWC customers, but will also provide water supply to new customers and be a catalyst for several developments being planned for the North Coast.

Cabinet has already given approval for this project to be undertaken as a variation to the existing North Western Parishes Water Supply Improvement Project Contract, thereby realizing significant savings in time, money and mobilization.

 
Shettlewood Water Supply Project – Hanover/St. James/Westmoreland

The Shettlewood Water Supply Project has been approved and will commence shortly and will cost JA$149 million and will serve approximately 6,000 persons in the communities of Friendship, Lethe, Content, Shettlewood, Belvedere, Haughton Grove, Knockalva, Ramble, Haddo, Chichester and Cornwall Mountain near the borders of Hanover, St. James and Westmoreland.
The project will involve source development to provide an additional 440,000 gallons per day of water from the Shettlewood Spring and strengthening of the water transmission and distribution system in the area.

This project is one of four being done with partial funding under the European Union financed Rural Water Supply Project (Phase 2).

 
Kingston Water and Sanitation Project – Corporate Area

This project will involve the rehabilitation/upgrading of the water supply facilities in Kingston and St. Andrew. Works aimed at reducing the levels of non-revenue water will be undertaken, including rehabilitating water treatment plants, booster pump stations and storage tanks in Kingston and St. Andrew area, as well as implementation of a programme of Non Revenue Water reduction and control.  The project is being funded by the IDB and has satisfied the required conditions precedent for further implementation activities. It will run for a period of five years at an estimated cost of US$55M. The NWC is currently finalizing the specifications for source meters.  Tenders will be invited for the supply of these meters by mid February 2007.

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Last Updated: May 16, 2011