President of the National Water Commission, NWC, Mark Barnett, says the agency has commenced a project costing over $2 billion dollars in the parish of Manchester in an effort to provide adequate water supply to residents.

Mr. Barnett was speaking yesterday at the Commission’s quarterly press briefing.

The NWC President says the overall project is considered both a medium and long-term endeavor based on the equipment needed for its completion.

In the meantime, Mr Barnett says construction on the content water treatment plant at the Rio Cobre in St Catherine may take 2 years to complete.

Mark Barnett, President of the National Water Commission.

Meanwhile, Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Bertel Moore, is asking for urgent action to be taken to address the current chronic water supply shortage affecting the resort town of Negril.

This is not the first time that Negril is faced with a shortage of domestic supply with the issue tending to resurface biannually.

Mayor Moore, who is also the Councillor for the Negril division, says the situation cannot be allowed to continue.

The National Water Commission, NWC, announced a 35 per cent decline in production at the Logwood Treatment Plant in Hanover.

This due to drought conditions affecting the facility.

Mayor Moore noted that while the tourism industry is rightfully expanding in the area, there’s a need to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is put in place.

Bertel Moore, Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar.