A commitment by Government to honor its outstanding payments is resulting in higher quality of service to NAWASA clients in St. Andrew.
On February 21, the company commissioned its 2.4 million dollar Spring Garden Water Treatment Plant, the fourth to be commissioned in recent years, and it now boasts of increased capacity from 150 thousand to 250 thousand gallons of water per day.
General Manager Christopher Husbands commended government for paying the twelve million dollars owed to the company, which provided the opportunity for work to be done to benefit customers.
“We have some more work to do on this project; we’re going to increase the side of the dam to increase the storage. Because production capacity has increased, some line sizes would also have to be increased to ensure that we can get the increased capacity in various communities, so the work does not end,” Mr. Husbands said.
The system was constructed under NAWASA’s Capital Investment Program. It has a sedimentation tank, water tank, operator’s quarters and storage room.
Works and Public Utilities Minister Hon. Gregory Bowen says Government, by honoring its commitment, is on the right track.
“The ability of the government to meet its debt and other commitments is the sole reason we are here today. The fact that this administration, the New National Party Administration, has restored fiscal order with the result of payment of over one hundred million dollars of unpaid claims, inclusive of which the 12 million dollars owed to NAWASA, and used by this utility to undertake these capital projects, is proof that this government plans and policies, are the correct ones,” Minister Bowen added.
Prime Minister Dr. Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell says while government meets its fundamental responsibility for services, there is the need for everyone to be connected to water services.
“We should not have stand pipes, if we connect everybody. But we cannot remove the stand pipes when there are poor people in our village who do not have the water and we have not connected them. So, I say, historically, the point is lets connect every person, and those who cannot pay, the government and, to some extent, NAWASA, should share the responsibility to service that individual, because everybody must have it,” Dr. Mitchell said.