Theft at NWC facility leaves Clarendon customers without water

Theft at NWC facility leaves Clarendon customers without water

Friday, May 26, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) says that thieves have targeted water treatment facilities resulting in a disruption of service to a wide cross section of Clarendon customers.According to a release from NWC on Friday, the most recent incident occurred at the Palmetto Pen Pumping Station where the facility was stripped of all electrical wires.

The water supply company says that the robbery has forced the shutdown of the facility impacting service to customers in Rosewell, Sandy Bay, Green Park, Free Town, Green Bottom, Breadnut Bottom, Kennedy Road, Palmers Cross, Chatteau, Rosewell Road, Cock Pit, Bodles, Sunrise Drive, Rose Hall, Toby Heights, Hartwell Gardens and Merrivale Meadows.

Maintenance Manager, Billy Meikle, has indicated that at present the company is unable to provide a restoration date as the team is still assessing the damage.

He added that it will cost over $1.5 million for the necessary replacement. Meikle stated that the NWC in recent years has had to spend over a billion dollars replacing equipment that were either stolen or vandalised.

“Such travesty just cannot continue as not only is it costing the company but innocent customers are also affected,” Meikle said.

The NWC is urging residents to report any information regarding the matter to the nearest police station or call the company's security manager at 929-5340-5.

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