Last year, Jamaica’s Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, announced that the Government, through the National Water Commission (NWC), was looking to partner with the Chinese to implement a number of critical water and sewerage projects worth billions of dollars. Now, on April 1, we have news that one of these major projects will be coming on stream today.
Through a mixture of Chinese ingenuity and Jamaican guile, Jamaicans will no longer need to go to their favourite rum bar or supermarket to get a ‘Q’ of white rum. Instead, this will be available on tap at home.
NWC, in conjunction with little known Jamaican rum producer Connor, Mann, and Trickham, and Chinese distillery consortium Wu-Yew-Fu-Ling Inc. has overcome all logistical hurdles, including not mixing water with rum unless the customer wants it that way. Jamaicans wont have to whine about their water quality any longer. Several water filtration plants have been retrofitted so that they can operate as rum distilleries.
Minister Pickersgill will this morning be the first Jamaican to sample this new facility, from the bathroom tap in his ministerial office. He will explain to a gathering of media representatives the basic elements of this new venture. An early press release indicates that a pilot based on four selected communities will be operating to test this new facility. The St. Catherine community of Above Rocks will be the first. The Clarendon community of Wait-A-Bit will be next. Rest-and-Be-Thankful, in the Cockpit Country, will be third. Labour-in-Vain, in Saint Elizabeth, will be the last. Each pilot will begin on the first of the month, following April.
The Minister was excited that this could be another piece of ‘Brand Jamaica’ that could be marketed world-wide. He denied rumours that there had been some loud rumblings in Cabinet during earlier discussions of the project. The press launch is due at midday.