Prime Minister Andrew Holness has conceded that there’s been significant disinvestment in developing water infrastructure over the years.

He says this contributes to the insufficient supply of potable water, to several communities across the country.

The prime minister was speaking at a contract signing ceremony this morning, for the construction of the Rio Cobre water-treatment plant in Content, St. Catherine.

The facility is being pursued under a private-public partnership, at a cost of $9.6 billion.

Robian Williams has the details.


The water-treatment plant will have the capacity to produce 15 million gallons of potable water per day.

It’s expected to improve water conditions for more than 150,000 customers in the Kingston Metropolitan Area, Portmore and Spanish Town.

PM Holness says there is a view that the National Water Commission, NWC is doing nothing to reduce the shortfall. But he notes that the water company is increasing its utility footprint.

Prime Minister Holness emphasises the importance of public private partnership for the development of the country.

The project is being financed by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Vinci Construction, Jamaica Producers, Eppley, the Development Bank of Jamaica and Sagicor.