KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaica's water commission has signed a $42.5 million contract with an Israeli company to slash the large amount of drinking water it loses each year as a regional drought worsens.
In the greater Kingston area, just over half of all the tap water the National Water Commission produces is lost through leaks or theft. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says that is roughly 108 million liters (28.5 million gallons) of water lost each day.
The commission signed a contract with Miya, a water company established by Israeli billionaire Shari Arison.
Simpson Miller said Wednesday that the five-year project is expected to "achieve significant reduction in water loss" and improve reliability of supply to over 650,000 customers.
Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands are increasingly struggling with drought.