Orantes Moore, Gleaner Writer
DOZENS OF residents in Mile Gully, St Mary, turned out to watch Robert Pickersgill, minister of water, land, environment and climate change, commission a long-overdue water supply system last week.
The project, which costs more than J$60 million and will benefit hundreds of residents, took 12 years to come to fruition and was initially kick-started by former MP Terrence Gillette.
He told The Gleaner: "This district has everything except piped water. Both JLP and PNP MPs have added to this district. The road we're walking on was made practical by my predecessor Hyacinth Knight, and I started to initiate the piped-water project, but it took a long time in gestation, and today we are proud to see that piped water is in Mile Gully."
His comments were echoed by Pickersgill. "I know this system is long overdue, but as I always say, better late than never. "The system comprises two independent water systems. The Mile Gully system comprises a pumping station with pump, and five 2,750-gallon plastic tanks for storage. The Warwick Castle system utilises a similar model, with three 2,750-gallon tanks."