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Water lock-off forces closure of three schools

Friday, April 11, 2014    

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A lack of water yesterday forced the closure of at least three public schools in the Corporate Area.

Ministry officials said since the start of this week as many as 22 public schools in Region One (Kingston and St Andrew) have reported that they have been affected by water problems, but the National Water Commission (NWC) said it was working with the Ministry of Education to keep as many of the affected schools open by trucking water to them.

"Because of the lack of water we were forced to end classes early," said a teacher at Dunrobin Primary in St Andrew.

Dunoon Technical and Tarrant Primary were also forced to send home students because of the lack of water.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said schools must remain open if possible and advised that where the lack of water has affected school opening, the summer term can be extended to make up for lost instructional time.

The ministry, at the same time, has asked parents to provide children with water for drinking purpose and to wash their hands.

The NWC said a drop in its main water storage facilities forced it to impose additional restrictions, which it said could be intensified over the coming days and weeks.

"... Many customers in the Corporate Area, depending on their source of supply, their elevation and location on the network, as well as other variables, will experience periods of no piped water supply and or low water pressure," the commission said.

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