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Water returns to Bartons Spring

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court desk coordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, March 03, 2014    

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RESIDENTS of Bartons Spring, St Elizabeth, who were without water for a month after a pump serving parts of the community was removed by the National Water Commission (NWC), are now celebrating the return of the precious commodity.

"The residents are very happy to have the water back because it had been very stressful living without it," Avril Welsh, a spokesperson for the affected residents told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. "Trust me, we're very glad."

The NWC replaced the pump following the publication, in the Observer last month, of an article highlighting the plight of the affected residents. NWC had removed the pump and installed it in the nearby community of Georges Valley after the equipment there reportedly went bad.

Responding to the removal of the pump to serve another community, resident Richard Brown told the newspaper then: "That shouldn't be at all. We had two pumps, they took one some time ago and now they turn around and take this one."

With the pump gone, the residents had to take a one-mile journey to a standpipe for water or pay for someone to make the trip.

Inside homes, dirty laundry piled up, toilets went unflushed for days on end and at least one man seen out on the road complained of getting a water bill for $2,000, even though there was no piped water.

A water truck provided by the State went to the community for the first time last Wednesday. There was a second trip on Thursday and a third Friday. But not all benefited, for one reason or another.

Yesterday, NWC's communications pointman Charles Buchanan didn't respond to a message for comment on the matter.

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