Farmers in Rose Hill, Manchester should experience some alleviation of their water woes following the completion of a $4.5 million water tank rehabilitation project by Wigton Windfarm Limited. The company recently carried out major restoration work on five tanks, located across its 1000 acre wind farm complex which is also the site of extensive agricultural activity.
Farmers in the area have been plagued by water shortages and in the wake of a devastating drought in 2015, Wigton’s Management Team decided to repair and upgrade five cisterns which were constructed on its property more than 100 years ago.
The work, which was carried out between May and December 2016, involved the upgrading of catchment areas and the installation of modern piping fixtures to eliminate the need for farmers to dip and pull up buckets. The tanks have also been fully fenced and covered to safeguard the health and personal safety of community members.
The utility of the vessels is two-fold as they are able to harvest water from rainfall or serve as receptacles if there is a need to truck water into the area at any point. The total storage capacity is close to 137,000 gallons.
The tanks were handed over to the Rose Hill farmers during a ceremony which was held on Friday (April 7) at Wigton.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of the Wigton Windfarm, Duane Smith said, “In the last ten years, drought has become a major concern for our agricultural sector but through
planning and preparation we can minimize its impact. Wigton has done its part in providing a solution and I would encourage all of our farmers to make good use of it.”
Similarly, Wigton’s General Manager, Mr. Earl Barrett said, “Wigton is pleased to assist our farmers in accessing water to provide irrigation and sustain farm animals which will support our agricultural sector and boost economic activity in Rose Hill which is predominantly a farming community.”
In responding on behalf of the community, Rose Hill farmer, Mr. Vivian McKenzie said, “All of the farmers in Rose Hill are giving our heartfelt thanks to Wigton for these tanks because we have started using them and the impact is already being felt.”
Also at the ceremony, Mr. Barrett reaffirmed Wigton’s commitment to community building and pledged to continue to undertake initiatives that will improve surrounding areas. “As a good corporate citizen, Wigton will continue to support activities that are beneficial to residents of Rose Hill and that facilitate the community’s development,” he said.
Two of the five water tanks located across Wigton’s 1000 acre wind farm property in Rose Hill, Manchester, which were rehabilitated by the company at a cost of J$4.5 million. The tanks, which have a total storage capacity of close to 137,000 gallons, will provide water for farmers in Rose Hill and the surrounding areas.