Letters to the Editor

I'm dreaming of piped water for Christmas

Monday, December 17, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The residents of the Orange District, Sign, St James, community are desperately appealing to the Member of Parliament, the area counsellor, the National Water Commission (NWC), and all other relevant authorities for their intervention concerning the lack of water supply in the area for the past several weeks.

After making numerous reports and inquiries about the matter we were informed by the NWC that the pump that serves our area had a mechanical issue. The issue was said to be corrected and the pump reinstalled on Thursday, December 6, 2018. However, while the water service has been restored to some residents, the majority of the community is still without water.

There is no reasonable explanation as to why this is happening since the pump has always served the entire community over the years. We are only getting the runaround when questions are asked.

We have also, on occasion, been sincerely promised that water will be trucked to the area, but to date that promise has not been fulfilled — another runaround story.

The lack of water for such an extended period has subjected the residents to unhygienic living conditions, some of which are indescribable! We now fear this will give rise to an outbreak of disease(s) in the community.

With Christmas being only a few days away, and with family and friends expected to visit, we pray that this matter does not fall on deaf ears since we all stand by the motto of the NWC that 'Water is Life'.

Thank you, in advance, for your intervention.

The Writer

blackpencilpoint@gmail.com

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