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More than 16,000 streetligjhts repaired this year, says JPS

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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THE Jamaica Public Service Company Limited(JPS) says it has repaired more than 16,000 street lights this year.

In fact, the light and power company said up to October 31 it repaired 16,277 street lights islandwide, which is more than 1,600 repairs per month.

“In addition to repairs, some 35,000 street lights will be upgraded by the end of the year to smart LED lights, which are more energy efficient and have a longer service life. The upgrading programme will eventually cover all 105,000 street lights that the company owns across the island,” said a JPS release. “The smart LED street lights will enhance monitoring and maintenance, as signals can be sent remotely from the street light to the company, indicating that repairs are due, among other features,” the release added.

Said the JPS: “While the company continues to make every effort to repair streetlights, it has encountered several challenges with keeping the lights on. These include the theft of lamps; wilful destruction of street lights; electricity theft and the subsequent loss of lights and transformers. The company has also found that there are areas in which persons have deliberately knocked out, shot, or otherwise destroyed the lamps to create a cover for illegal activities. Other lights have been lost when individuals seeking to illegally abstract electricity, tap unto the street lights to power their homes. The street lights, which are not designed to carry household loads, become burnt and destroyed.”

The company said although it is faced with several challenges, it will continue to work closely with the Government and, in particular, parish councillors to meet the needs of customers.

Meanwhile, the JPS said requests for the installation of new street lights in communities must be directed to the Ministry of Local Government; as the company must be authorised by parish councils to install new lights.

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