Trelawny residents benefitting from major works – JPS

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Trelawny residents benefitting from major works – JPS

Saturday, December 14, 2019

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TRELAWNY, Jamaica — Residents of Trelawny are now benefitting from major infrastructural work done on the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) network in the parish, the electricity service provider is reporting.

JPS said that since the start of the year, 71 poles have been replaced and 639 have been rehabilitated.

The company said it has also changed out 912 pieces of equipment and installed 197 lightning arrestors in the parish.

The announcement was made by President of JPS, Emanuel DaRosa, at a Town Hall meeting held Thursday evening, December 12, in Falmouth. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development in collaboration with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.

Pole rehabilitation, the JPS explained, is a process which sees ageing poles being fortified with steel and iron reinforcements to give them another 15 to 20 years of life. It is highly cost-effective and ensures that service delivery will not be compromised by weakened or substandard poles, the JPS said.

The company noted that communities benefitting from the 639 pole rehabilitation exercise include Falmouth, Ulster Spring, Deeside, Jackson Town, Alpha, Greenwood, and Hammersmith.

In addition, JPS said lightning arrestors, a critical element in the protection of the network, have been installed, since the start of the year, in Jackson Town, Sherwood, Greenwood, Fontabel, and Reserve, in the parish.

Lightning arrestors assist in mitigating the damaging effects of lightning storms on the network, thus reducing the number of outages due to this weather phenomenon, the power supply company explained.

JPS said it remains committed to ongoing improvements in the network and customer service as it seeks to deliver the highest standard of customer care across the island.

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