What a shame!

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

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

Print this page Email A Friend!

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.





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 Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.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:

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

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

comments powered by Disqus


Are you comfortable with Jamaica's achievements over 52 years of Independence?
What achievements?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon