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What a shame!

Gallons of water go to waste as Corporate Area dams run low

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

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ANGER boiled at Clock Tower Plaza in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, yesterday as people doing business in the area were forced to watch in disgust as hundreds of gallons of water went to waste amidst the chronic shortage of supplies in the Corporate Area.

The water flowed freely from a broken fire hydrant forcing at least two businesses to close after large pools formed outside their doors.

"This make me really angry to see so much water going to waste," shouted Errol White as others discussed how poorly the National Water Commission (NWC) was managing its resources.

"People have to be more responsible. Water going to waste and some areas are without," said another man.

Up to yesterday, much of the Corporate Area was still subjected to water restrictions with some areas experiencing low to no water pressure as supplies at the Hermitage and Mona dams dropped to critical levels.

The water shortage forced the closure of several schools in Kingston and St Andrew last week. Yesterday, the Ministry of Education said that while the affected schools reopened yesterday, water restrictions caused four others to close early. They are Seaward Primary and Junior High, St Patrick's Primary, Dupont Primary, and Trench Town High.

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