JIS News

The island’s two major utility companies, the National Water Commission (NWC) and Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), will be continuing restoration activities over the weekend, in an effort to return water and electricity to customers, affected by the passage of Hurricane Sandy.

Vice President of the NWC, David Geddes, told JIS News today (Oct. 26), that  approximately 55 per cent ofproduction capacity is back in operation, about 150 water supply systems are still out of service.

“The most critically affected areas without piped water supply (are) sections of Mona, Liguanea, Papine and other sections of St. Andrew and that is because of the absence of electrical power to transfer water from Mona to the Hope filter plant.

Meanwhile, Communications Manager at JPS, Winsome Callum, said that the power company is nearing total restoration for all north and south-western parishes, but still faces difficulties in the eastern parishes.

“Those would be St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann on the north-eastern end of the island because these four parishes lost total power supply as a result of damage to the transmission system. They expect that restoration activities will continue into the weekend,” she told JIS News.

JPS continues to ask its customers for patience as it works to restore electricity to all parishes within the shortest time possible.

 

By Vaughn Davis, JIS Reporter