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The National Water Commission (NWC) has reported that service has been restored to over 306 schemes, which account for 85 per cent of its total production.
Of the 459 schemes that the NWC owns, 153 remain out of operation. E. G. Hunter, President of the (NWC) said the remaining schemes were largely small rural ones, which accounted for 10 to 12 per cent of the Commission’s output.
“All the major towns and population centres are now being served. We are pleased with the progress that we have made so far and, committed to continue efforts so that, in very short order, we can have service restored to the remaining communities,” Mr. Hunter said at the weekly post-Hurricane Ivan press conference at the Ministry of Land and Environment on September 24.
He added that the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) had indicated to the NWC when the power supply would be restored to some areas, in order to bring the other schemes online.
The President also disclosed that with the resumption of water supply in major areas, there were more trucks at the disposal of the NWC to be redeployed to other affected areas.
“We will continue to rely on the trucking operation until we have all our systems up and running,” he informed.
Meanwhile, the NWC will be collaborating with the other agencies in the reconstruction effort. Noting that the Brighton community in Westmoreland had to be relocated and houses rebuilt, Mr. Hunter said that officials from the NWC would be visiting potential areas to assess the water supply.
A Venezuelan army contingent is expected to assist in the building of houses as part of relocating the community of Brighton.

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