Letters to the Editor

NWC: The grinch that stole Christmas

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!

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


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon