More money to be spent on trucking and storage of water - Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, addressing Parliament on Tuesday


Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced late on Tuesday that an additional $100 million will be allocated to help the parishes worst affected by drought.

The funds will be used for the trucking of water and the distribution of tanks.

The bulk of the money will be spent in Kingston, St. Andrew, Portland, St. Mary, and St. Elizabeth.

The Prime Minister told the House of Representatives that the trucking of water and the distribution of tanks is already underway, with significant sums already spent on those initiatives.

He said Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, to meet with MPs and councillors in the affected parishes, as well as the National Water Commission, “to work out a detailed distribution schedule for trucking.”

That, he said, was with a view to ensuring that “…all schools, day-care facilities, nursing homes, public sanitation conveniences, hospitals… are given priority in the trucking of water during this difficult time.”

He said original projection given by the National Metereological Service was there would have been an increase in rainfall for the three-month period April, May, and June.

That projection so far has not materialised, he conceded.

A week ago, the Prime Minister also addressed Parliament on the water crisis, detailing plans for medium-to-long-term development of additional storage and distribution facilities to serve the Kingston Metropolitan Region.


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