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THE GOAL IS INCREASE THE PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION FROM 73% TO 85%, EFFECTIVELY REACHING EVERY COMMUNITY IN THE COUNTRY.

project to reduce the level of non-revenue water.” It is now being implemented and will last for another 5 years; it is expected that on completion, systems and practices will be in place to sustain NRW at an acceptable level. At present approximately 75% of the NWC’s customers have water meters installed on their supplies, which enable more accurate data management and billing. The aim is to increase that number to at least 85%.

Flats in St. Andrew and Boscobelin St. Mary at a cost of US$4.2 million. The funding comes from a collaborative fund called the Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (CReW) which includes multinational NGOs such as the Global Environmental Facility, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the United Nations Environment Programme. For Elletson Flats

and Boscobel, CReW will provide funding and VINCI Construction Grands Projects is the main contractor carrying out the works. The idea of the CReW is to examine financing mechanisms for funding wastewater projects. In Jamaica’s case, seed funds were provided to allow NWC to go to the commercial finance markets and get financing to do rehab work for some of its wastewater

REBUILDING OLD STRUCTURES NWC is rehabilitating a number of its wastewater treatment facilities to improve the quality of the effluent that they discharge into the environment. An example of the rehabilitation approach taken by NWC can be seen in the Elletson Flats and Boscobel wastewater treatment facilities, where old infrastructure had led to slipping environmental standards. Here the decision was taken to demolish the old facilities and replace them with entirely new waste treatment plants that would be fit for purpose. This project was announced in October 2015 and will build two new facilities at Elletson SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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