Atkinson Welcomes Upgrading of Martha Brae Treatment Plant

By Marlon Tingling 
Photo by: Marlon TinglingAttorney General and Member of Parliament for North Trelawny, Hon. Partick Atkinson, addresses the commissioning into service of the upgraded Martha Brae facility treatment plant, held on Friday (Feb.13) in Trelawny.

Attorney General and Member of Parliament for Northern Trelawny, Hon. Patrick Atkinson, has welcomed the completion of upgrading work at the Martha Brae treatment plant, which will benefit approximately 200,000 residents of Trelawny and neighbouring parishes.

The project, undertaken at a cost of $1.6 billion (US $14 million), has improved the delivery of potable water from six million gallons per day to 11 million gallons per day.

Speaking at the commissioning service held at the Martha Brae facility on Friday (Feb.13), Mr. Atkinson said the project is an example of the Government’s commitment to improving the water infrastructure of the country as well as the supply of treated water to citizens.

He said the plant will address water shortage issues, which have been affecting residents of Trelawny and beyond.

“Trelawny is blessed with a lot of water, but that water cannot be used unless it is treated and what this treatment plant is doing is to increase the availability of water, not just to the citizens of Trelawny, but to neighboring parishes,” he said.

The project, undertaken by the National Water Commission (NWC), involved rehabilitation of the existing six-million gallon per day facility, and construction of a new treatment system to deliver five million gallons of water per day.

This has boosted the amount of water being pumped from Martha Brae to serve residents in the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James, Trelawny and St. Ann.

Mr. Atkinson expressed satisfaction that the 18-month project, on which work started in July 2013, was completed on time and within budget.

The project provided employment for 180 residents of Trelawny.

 
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