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Jamaica || Caribbean’s first solar water pumping system brings water to St Mary residents

Farmers and residents of the Carron Hall Community in St Mary, who have lived without potable water, are now receiving the commodity as a result of the Caribbean’s first solar water pumping system.

Agriculture minister and Member of Parliament (MP)for West St Mary, Robert Montague, handed over the solar water pumping system on Friday.

The system, which is valued at $3 million, consists of a submerged solar pumping station.

It is also being stored at the Carron Hall Primary School for distribution.

The University of Technology’s energy unit designed, installed, tested and commissioned the pumping station.

It is capable of delivering some 6,000 gallons of water, operating for six hours per day.

In addition, the system reputed will make 3,000 gallons of water available to residents of the community.

The project is a joint venture among the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ); Minister Robert Montague; St Mary Charities; the University of Technology’s Energy Unit, Faculty of Engineering and Computing; the National Water Commission, Port Maria branch; the St. Mary Parish Council; and the Social Development Commission (SDC).

Carron Hall, a rural district, in Western St. Mary has a population of approximately 2,000 residents, who have been receiving water from a spring approximately 160 feet below the road surface.

Source: JIS



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