NWC now restoring water to Jacks Hill, Stony Hill

Saturday, February 23, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) is today reporting that it is now restoring, on a gradual basis, piped water supply to the Seaview Water Supply System that serves Stony Hill, Jacks Hill and adjoining areas of St Andrew.

In a release this afternoon, the NWC said that since mid-morning, water has been delivered to the Treatment Plant and is being prepared for distribution to the network of more than 2,000 customers.

However, NWC said given that the extensive undulating network had been drained of water over the past six days since the transmission pipes were broken by the collapsed Airy Castle Road Bridge, it is cautioning that piped water will return gradually over the next 24-48 hours as the system is re-charged.

The raw water pipes underneath the collapsed Airy Castle Road bridge have been broken since Sunday (February 17), forcing the shut-down of the Seaview Water Treatment Plant, disrupting water to more than 8,000 people, the NWC said.

NWC is also reporting that the situation is still not fully resolved and teams are continuing to work on several different challenges at multiple locations relating to the temporary pipeline put in place. Teams are also working on the designs and other arrangements for the permanent pipeline and its required support structures.

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