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Jamaica increases water storage in schools in face of drought

Kingston, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Jamaica announced on Tuesday new measures to store more water, especially at the schools in the country's western region, and help alleviate the worsening of drought.

According to Minister of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator Matthew Samuda, the strategy is being implemented as part of an assessment by Rural Water Supply Limited in collaboration with his ministry and the Ministry of Education and Youth.

Samuda explained that the assessment is being conducted at the request of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who gave the direction in the morning hours.

“The projections for increased rainfall are low. Therefore, we will intervene to ensure that all our schools have adequate water storage,” he said.

Holness noted that he has also debated with Kevin Kerr, Acting Chairman of the National Water Commission (NWC), to increase monitoring and trucking rates to educational institutions.

He also indicated that a problem-solving network through a WhatsApp group and a dedicated email line to schools will be established to ensure they are not disrupted.