UWI to save $150m in water bills with new well

The University of the West Indies (UWI) should see a reduction in its water bill with the commissioning of the Mona Well at College Commons on Thursday (December 15).

The institution entered into an agreement with North Star Development Limited (NSDL) in 2014 to identify, drill and develop, manage, finance and maintain new sources of potable water on behalf of the university.

With guidance from a hydrologist, the NSDL team successfully discovered potable water at 850 feet.

The availability of the well will enable the university to mitigate the severe water shortage across the campus.

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, said the university has taken a positive move to solve its own water problems.

“The drought in 2008/09 was the most severe drought and I recall the University Hospital of the West Indies and the University of Technology running out of water and water being locked off regularly. It was almost impossible to get, during that six month period, satisfactory water supply to the university,” Chang said. Read more

Source: Jamaica Observer

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