How we helped
Castalia helped Jamaica to draft a new national water policy and a strategy to provide safe water for all rural Jamaicans. The water policy enshrined Integrated Water Resource Management, the polluter pays principle, and full cost recovery for utility services It allowed private firms and community organizations to supply water and wastewater services, allowing competition, and reducing reliance on the dominant National Water Commission (NWC). Licensing and tariff rules were introduced to stop private firms from cherry-picking profitable customers and ignoring others.
Using geospatial analysis, we identified the areas where extending the NWC network into rural areas was optimal. For the remainder of the country we developed decentralized solutions such as rainwater-harvesting. We designed financial mechanisms, including targeted loans and grants for rural households to adopt these solutions.