Status: completed Manchester, Mile Gully, Ballynure

Ballynure Rainwater Catchment and Tank

Location/Communities Affected:

      Ballynure, Manchester
            The facility lies in North Western Manchester, approximately twelve miles in the hills above
            Mile Gully, in the community of Ballynure.


Background and Purpose:


      The Ballynure rainwater concrete catchment and tank lies approximately twelve miles in the hills above Mile Gully and was built in the 1950’s by a private land owner as a drinking trough for his cattle. The storage tank in the facility only had a depth of seven and a half feet, which was deemed inadequate for the community’s water needs. The concrete storage tank had a capacity of 134,949.93 litres and the tank as well as the catchment area was found to be in good condition. However, the perimeter fencing was in a state of disrepair, the storage tank was uncovered and there were no extension pipelines in order to supply the neighbouring communities with potable (drinkable) water. The lack of perimeter fencing and coverage for the tank rendered the water unsafe for human consumption as it allowed the water to be contaminated by external forces such as animals, animal excrements, insects and other forces carried by the wind. Therefore, the Government of Jamaica made the decision to conduct repairs on the facility so that the water stored in the facility will be safe for human consumption. The repairs increased the holding capacity of the storage tank which created a reliable and adequate source of potable water and allowed neighbouring communities to receive a portion of this supply. With the combined increase in capacity and the neighbouring communites being able to receive water, the facility is able to serve approximately 1,500 residents.
Projected Outputs:
       The outputs of the project were:
  •          The installation of catchment fencing and wall footing to fencing.
  •          The raising of the level of the existing catchment area by 0.0508m.
  •          The raising of the level of the storage tank wall by 0.1016m.
  •          The installation of 1.5 km of 25m galvanized iron pipes.
  •          The covering of the tank with ferro-cement.
  •          The installation of stand pipes and other miscellaneous works.
Operator of the System:
      The Manchester Parish Council is responsible for operating and maintaining the catchment facility.
Status and Cost:
      The project was completed at a cost of $8.401 million.
Project Management Team:                              
      The project management team comprised of Mr. Patrick Reid and Mr. Morris Cox from Rural Water Supply and Mr. Donican Sutherland from the Manchester Parish Council.
Work in Progress: