Rural Water Limited to Spend $4.1 Billion on Water Projects

first_imgApproximately $4.1 billion is to be spent by the Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL) over the next three years to restore and upgrade water supply systems in rural communities.The undertaking is in keeping with Government’s policy to ensure that all households have access to potable water and adequate sanitation by 2015.Speaking with JIS News, Managing Director of RWSL, Audley Thompson, informed that some 26 projects will be undertaken over the three-year period.These include: repair or restoration work on the Cascade/Claremont/Jericho water system in Eastern Hanover and the Agualta Vale pumping station in St. Mary; and replacement and upgrading of water mains in Orange Hill, Westmoreland.RWSL, instituted in April 1983, is wholly owned by the Government of Jamaica and has a mandate to improve the basic sanitary/health conditions by increasing the coverage of potable water and sanitation services in poor rural areas.Mr. Thompson explained that “the agency investigates rural communities that are without water then identifies the closest water supply to that community, designs a plan for the work to be done and invites tenders and employs contractors.”“RWSL also supervises the construction and when the work is completed, they hand over the water supply system to the relevant agency; whether it is National Water Commission (NWC) or parish council to operate the system,” he further outlined.The Managing Director told JIS News that the agency has also undertaken several projects as part of its corporate responsibility and contribution.“We have carried out a rain water harvesting system at the Police Benevolent Centre in St. Elizabeth, where injured policemen are housed,” he informed.This project, he said, was done to help in the reduction of the facility’s water bill with the team implementing a guttering and pumping system, as well as installing some tanks.Rainwater harvesting projects were also undertaken at the Maldon and Chatsworth Primary schools in South St. James.RWSL is an agency under the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.Contact: Shelly-Ann Irvinglast_img read more

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Susan Sarandon And Michelle Yeoh Visit Earthquake Victims In Nepal

first_imgSusan Sarandon has arrived in Nepal to help victims of the devastating earthquakes that hit the country.Michelle Yeoh In NepalThe actress is visiting with Live To Love International, and is following a visit by Michelle Yeoh last week.Sarandon is encouraging tourists to keep visiting Nepal to ensure the country’s tourism industry survives.“It is important to emphasize that by the fall, when monsoon ends, people should make their reservations now if they want to help and they want to come and visit because it is very, very important to keep all these jobs alive,” said Sarandon. “I think that would be the next wave – to think of Nepal not as an ongoing disaster, but as a country that has found its way back and has many monuments that haven’t fallen and many beautiful areas that can be still safe to trek.”Last week, Michelle Yeoh – a Live To Love ambassador – announced the construction of community halls, in a collaboration with on-ground partners like the Panchakanya group and the Drukpa Kung Fu Nuns, to house victims of the Nepal earthquakes, a crucial need as monsoon season nears and dry shelter becomes scarce.last_img read more

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Bob The Builder To Join Mario Lopez And Habitat For Humanity In

first_imgBob the Builder, the loveable star of the recently launched and eponymously named series on PBS Kids, is on his way to Los Angeles from Spring City to team up with Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Mario Lopez (Extra-TV) and a crew of very excited volunteers from Mattel, Inc. to help with the construction and beautification of three new Inglewood homes in partnership with low-income Los Angeles families.The build will take place between 3pm and 5pm on Tuesday, December 8, and feature children making gifts for the new residents as well as meet and greets with Bob the Builder.The fun construction day celebrates the re-launch of Bob the Builder on PBS Kids with beautifully updated, CGI-animation, a brand new look for the series and its namesake — Bob and Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt voicing one of the lead roles — Wendy. No job is too big or small for Bob and his team, as they approach every job with positivity, enthusiasm and their catch phrase, “Can we build it? Yes we can!” For more information and interactive content visit www.bobthebuilder.com. Bob the Builder is a production of HIT Entertainment in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET.The build kicks off a partnership between Mattel, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity International, an organization aimed at creating and improving housing to help families achieve the strength, stability and independence to build brighter futures. Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to call home and to date has helped more than 6.8 million people in more than 70 countries.last_img read more

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