NWC: The grinch that stole Christmas

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Dear Editor,

On Sunday, December 30, 2018 I checked the various pipes at home in search of the infamous 'water is life'. My storage containers were depleted. It was the first holiday season in which water had set the tone and agenda.

It was hard to believe that Christmas, of all days, not a trickle was to be found in the pipes.

During the period December 22, 2018 to January 1, 2019 it graced us a mere three times, at short intervals, between 1:00 am to 6:00 am.

On prime-time television, on Friday, January 11, 2019, highlights of the National Water Commission (NWC) press conference, held that day, provided a better understanding of issues relating to the water problems facing many Kingston communities. Understandably, this provided little consolation. The perception of inefficiency on the part or the NWC and related agencies remain.

In this regard, the following questions are posed:

1. Does the mandate of the NWC board include risk assessment/mitigation of major infrastructure development projects impacting NWC assets?

2. Are technical representatives from the National Works Agency on the NWC board, and vice versa?

I remain unconvinced that no technical expertise was available to advise NWC beforehand that the use of heavy equipment would adversely impact its operations.

Joan Francis

Kingston 10

francisj16@yahoo.com


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