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NWC water going to waste in drought

Friday, July 11, 2014    

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A broken National Water Commission (NWC) pipe in the upscale Norbrook, St Andrew community has left thousands of gallons of water going to waste.

The wanton waste comes even as NWC is urging citizens to conserve water in the prevailing drought, warning of strict punitive measures if people are found using the scarce commodity for chores such as washing motor vehicles.

"There could never be a drought and this is happening," said angry Norbrook resident Ethon Williamson.

He was part of a group of residents who, yesterday, told the Jamaica Observer that despite repeated calls to NWC they are yet to get assistance in fixing the broken pipe.

"Employees from NWC visit the area monthly for meter reading and the matter was pointed out to them. However, nothing has been done," another resident, Sarah Dyer, said.

Apart from the waste the residents are also concerned about the threat of an increase in mosquito breeding and the inevitable road damage from the constant flow of water.

Meanwhile, as drought conditions continue, the NWC last week warned of intensified water restrictions islandwide as it moves to address a critical shortage of the commodity due to unseasonably low rainfall since May.

— Sasha-Gay Mullings-Hyatt

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