Sunday 8 December, 2019

NWC challenge affecting water supplies in three parishes

An extremely sharp decline in water inflows at the National Water Commission’s (NWC) Martha Brae treatment plant in Trelawny has resulted in disruptions in the regular water supply to a large number of communities across three parishes.

The commisson has advised that the inflow level at the plant has dropped to 10 per cent, this in the aftermath of sustained periods of heavy rainfall recently, which have resulted in a build-up of silt and debris at the intake to the facility.

With a 90 per cent shortfall in output from the plant, the NWC has been unable to maintain regular supply to customers in sections of St Ann, Trelawny and St James.

The affected areas include Discovery Bay, Bridgewater Heights, Primrose Hill, Lakeside Park, Hopewell Park, Old Polly and Parry Town in St Ann

In St James, the affected communities include Greenwood, Lilliput, Barrett Town, Rosehall, Rhyne Park Housing Scheme, Rosevale Housing Scheme, Cornwall, Mount Zion, Palmyra, Spring Farm, Coral Gardens, Ironshore, Providence Heights and adjoining areas of the parish.

Over in Trelawny, the areas affected include Falmouth, Rock, Cooper’s Pen, Martha Brae, Granville, Green Park, Shawfield, Silver Sands, Duncan's Bay, Carey Park, Stewart Castle, Florence Hall, Stonebrook, Daniel Town, Johnson Hill, Davis Pen, Hague Housing Scheme, Hammersmith, Retreat Heights, Wiltshire, Flamingo and Salt Marsh.

With the huge problem on its hands, the NWC has asked for patience from the affected customers.

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