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The 63 sections of the Act are divided into a title provision and 3 Parts: Public Water Supply (I); Jamaica Parishes Water Supply Loans (II); Miscellaneous Provisions (III). Part I is subdivided into the following headings: Construction of Works; Acquisition etc. of Land; Financial; Rates and Charges; Water Supply Accounts; Management; Legal; Offences etc.It shall be lawful for the Parish Council to apply to the Minister responsible for domestic water supplies to authorize construction of waterworks under this Act. In the case of authorization the Minister may define the limits of a district for water supply purposes (sects. 4 and 5). (completed by one Schedule)

Implemented by: Parishes Water Supply (St. Catherine) By-Laws, 1974. (1982)
Amended by: National Water Commission Act. (2005)
Amended by: Parishes Water Supply (Amendment) Act, 1974 (Act No. 49 of 1974). (1974-12-12)

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The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves. England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. Jamaica gradually increased its independence from Britain. In 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies.

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