Kingshill is now among other communities to benefit from the Government’s Housing Revolution /Sanitation Project.
On Monday, February 6th a contract was signed in Kingshill for a project valued at $462,000 for the construction of the washrooms for 42 families in the area.
Housing Manager, Hillarian Jules, gave an overview of the Housing Revolution and Sanitation Project stating, “The house repair and sanitation programme is one of the components of the broader housing revolution programme … the declaration of war on pit latrines therefore augments the house repair and sanitation programme.”
He explained that not all 42 homes have pit latrines but some were built with just living quarters while the families made use of public conveniences.
The typical washroom facility designed by the housing ministry measures 6ft x 7ft and is fitted with a toilet, face basin and a shower.
Hon Minister for Housing, Lands and Water Resource Management, Reginald Austrie, highlighted the work of the Government to eradicate pit latrines. He noted, “This Government has spent over $9M on the eradication of pit latrines in the country and when the Prime Minister made the announcement in 2013 we had already spent some $811,000… and the vision was that we would be able to eradicate pit latrines by the year 2020...,” he said.
However, he said because of funds from the CBI Programme government now looks forward to achieving this by the end of 2017.