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Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, has hailed the donation of motor vehicle and equipment to the National Water Commission (NWC) by the Japanese Government, stating that the gift will improve the entity’s ability to monitor and control the supply system.
The donation, which includes two four-wheel drive Suzuki Jimny motor vehicles, two power quality analyzers, valve locaters, pressures loggers, vibration meters, and infrared thermometers, was formally presented to Minister Chang by Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Mashiro Abata, at the NWC’s Marescaux Road offices on June 17.
Donated under the Japan International Cooperation Agency, it is intended to help the NWC’s Capacity Building Project to improve service to customers island-wide.
“The project is only one of several, undertaken with the support of the Japanese Government, which has, over the past several years, provided financial and other contributions to the Government of Jamaica,” Dr. Chang said.
“This equipment will help to assist the NWC monitor and control its supply system to identify leaks at a time when non-revenue water is at 60 per cent,” he continued.
In the meantime, Ambassador Abato said his country’s hope was that the gift would assist the NWC in providing the highest quality of service possible.
“I hope the equipment will increase the capacity of the NWC to provide water to Jamaicans,” he said, promising that “Japan will continue to support Jamaica’s needs with available resources.”
The devices will help the NWC monitor technical losses, which take place because of some failures in the system, including hard-to-detect leaks. The valve locaters, for example, will allow the NWC to detect and pinpoint buried valve lids, water meters, curb boxes manhole covers and other metallic masses, while the pressure loggers monitor and record the pressure and flow in pipe distribution networks.