Extract Water from Rio Cobre – Holness

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Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, says the government could ease the drought conditions affecting the Corporate Area by extracting water from the Rio Cobre.

Mr. Holness says the Water Ministry could take 15 million gallons of water from the Rio Cobre and pump it into the Content Irrigation and Water Treatment System.

He was speaking yesterday at a tank and water distribution event in his West Central St. Andrew constituency.

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Mr. Holness says his constituents are struggling to cope in the face of the prolonged drought.

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Meanwhile the Opposition Spokesman on Water, Dr. Horace Chang says the previous JLP administration had identified sustainable water sources to supply communities in all 14 parishes.

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Dr. Chang says the government appears to be unaware of the importance of a reliable water supply to economic growth.

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