WATCH: Mount Edgecombe residents protest prolonged water woes
ST ANN, Jamaica – Residents of Mount Edgecombe (Phase 4), a community in Runaway Bay, St Ann, staged a protest on Wednesday to draw attention to the persistent water issues plaguing their area since 2020.
The demonstration unfolded near the Almond Tree Plaza, coinciding with a groundbreaking ceremony addressing road improvements from Runaway Bay to Brown’s Town.
Protesters expressed frustration, citing the necessity to buy water from private companies every two weeks to meet their needs. The National Water Commission’s involvement in the matter remains unclear.
A $204.2 million contract has been initiated for the repair of the roadway. The project, awarded to Morris Hill Limited through a competitive procurement process, encompasses bushing and trimming of banks, cutting overhanging trees, cleaning and construction of drainage infrastructure, removal of silt and debris, excavation and refill of soft spots, and installation of high-density polyethene pipe culverts. Additionally, the project involves paving the roadway with asphaltic concrete.
– Akera Davis