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  • Several strategies aimed at reducing the National Water Commission’s (NWC) high energy usage will be implemented in short order.
  • Minister Pickersgill said the company will be resorting to the alternative production of energy where feasible.
  • Other strategies include the replacement of old inefficient pumps and the rehabilitation of tanks with the necessary controls to prevent losses.

Several strategies aimed at reducing the National Water Commission’s (NWC) high energy usage will be implemented in short order.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill gave the undertaking while contributing to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 3.

Minister Pickersgill said the company will be resorting to the alternative production of energy where feasible, citing the Windsor Heights solar pumping station in St. Catherine as an example.

Other strategies include the replacement of old inefficient pumps and the rehabilitation of tanks with the necessary controls to prevent losses.

With regards to the pumps, he said 70 are on order and 100 tanks are being procured.

Minister Pickersgill explained that these strategies are crucial as the NWC pays the Jamaica Public Service Company approximately $550 million every month for electricity supply.

“The agency consumes nearly one half of all the electricity used in the public sector and approximately five per cent of the total energy consumed in the country. This is due in particular, to the need to pump water to elevated areas of the country,” the Minister said.