NWC clamps down on water theft in St Elizabeth

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NWC clamps down on water theft in St Elizabeth

Friday, November 08, 2019

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ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — National Water Commission says it has partnered with the police to undertake a major revenue recovery operation in Malvern, St Elizabeth.

NWC said this move is part of the company's intensive drive to clamp down on water theft.

During the operation, which started at the Parklee pumping station and continued along the 10-inch cross country transmission main, NWC said the team uncovered and removed 11 illegal connections.

“While no one was arrested, this is a major breakthrough in NWC's efforts to regulate the water supply systems in that area, as the company grapples with non-compliant persons who tamper with the pipeline network for farming purposes. In fact, as a result of the increased level of threat to NWC workers the police had to be called in to ensure a smooth operation,” NWC said in a news release.

Regional manager, Jermaine Jackson explained that "the practice of tapping into the main has resulted in major damage to the pipeline and also deprives legal customers of water that is siphoned off illegally for farming”.

Noting that water theft amounts to significant losses for the NWC, Jackson said: “We are forced to carry out the operation twice per month and there is an increased level of threat to our team.”

The company said it will not relent in its efforts to garner increased compliance and further urged people to desist from the illegal practices.

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