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The National Water Commission (NWC) has assured that the damage to the Yallahs pipeline will not affect the supply of water to communities served by the Mona reservoir.

The pipeline, which takes water from the Yallahs and Negro Rivers to Mona, was dislocated during the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24.

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Vice President of Engineering and Project Delivery at NWC, Garth Jackson, told JIS News that while the damage has resulted in significant loss of inflow to Mona, the reservoir has enough capacity to serve residents, until the repairs to the pipeline are completed.

"The Mona reservoir, which is served by two sources, the Yallahs pipeline as well as the Hope River, is currently a hundred per cent full, so we have a little time in which to repair the dislocated pipe bridge, which supports the pipeline, which goes to the Mona reservoir,” he said.

"It will take a little while and we anticipate that the flows coming in from Hope River will keep the reservoir at a reasonable level while we carry out the work to restore the bridge," he added.

Mr. Jackson was part of a technical team from the NWC, which accompanied Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, on a tour of sections of St. Thomas on November 1, to assess hurricane damage.

Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for St. Thomas Eastern, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, was also on the tour.

Mr. Jackson also told JIS News that the NWC has already initiated activities to put back the pipe bridge, as well as several other areas, which have been dislocated.

"We have looked at a number of locations where the pipe has been dislocated, but there are other areas where the terrain is difficult to allow us to access," he said, noting that an estimate of the cost of the work is still being undertaken.

More than 300 water systems have been put back into operation since the passage of the hurricane, supplying more than 80 per cent of the NWC’s normal production capacity.