NWC to Ease Water Woes of Residents in Eastern St. Thomas


Residents served by the Springfield pumping station in Eastern St. Thomas, who are facing disruption in their regular water supplies, should get some relief in another month, as the National Water Commission (NWC) is taking steps to address the situation.
Minister of State for Housing, Transport, Water and Works, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, while addressing a recent public forum in Morant Bay, said that the NWC would be “taking water from one of the wells by the old Goodyear plant and connecting it to the Springfield system.”
He said that the decision to tap into the Goodyear source was reached some two weeks ago, when he toured several NWC facilities in the area. He noted that recent drought conditions had reduced supply to the Springfield system.
The Springfield facility has two deep well pumps and has a capacity to supply 1.95 million gallons per day. It also has four re-lift pumps, which serve the districts of Seaforth, Morant Bay, York, Mount Lyssons, Prospect, Roselle, Duhaney Pen, Alexander Park, Acacia Lane, Retreat and Highbury.
Dr. Ferguson, in the meantime, informed that the NWC had secured the services of a hydrogeologist and the company was now in the process of making preparations to do a study of the Springfield deep wells, using a special camera “to see what is happening down there with a view of doing some corrective work.”

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