Drought seriously affecting Negril water supply — NWCTuesday, April 11, 2017
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) today said it is aware of the difficulties being encountered by customers in Negril, Westmoreland, served by the Logwood Water Supply System in Hanover.
As a result of an 80 per cent decline in the volume of water available at the sources for the Logwood Water Supply System, customers, especially at the far ends of the network have been experiencing periods of no piped water, intermittent water supply and/or low water pressure, the NWC said in a news release.
The NWC said this is despite the best efforts of the commission to regulate and manipulate the system, restrict the supply, and extend the Great River Water Supply System to serve areas otherwise served by the Logwood System, so as to use the mere 20 per cent of normal inflows to meet the needs of Negril and the western end of the system.
The NWC said it “continues to do all that it can to provide the best possible service and to equitably distribute the limited supplies available in the area as the drought conditions at Logwood worsen and the water available for distribution decreases”.
The commission said it is to be noted that the present drought-induced challenges on the Logwood Water Supply System are not related to inadequacy of the water supply system or network but is a consequence of the sharp decline in the volume of water coming from the Blue Hole source, which supplies the treatment plant.