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  • The National Water Commission (NWC) is to start a massive operation in Cornwall Mountain and surrounding communities in Westmoreland.
  • Speaking at a ceremony marking the commissioning of the refurbished system, on November 28, Vice President at the NWC with responsibility for Potable Water Systems Operations and Maintenance, Mark Blair, told the residents and potential customers that regularizing their accounts is the only way the NWC will be able to sustain its service to their communities.
  • Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, joined the NWC Vice President in encouraging the beneficiaries to pay for their service.

The National Water Commission (NWC) is to start a massive operation in Cornwall Mountain and surrounding communities in Westmoreland, to regularize the accounts and recover monies owing by residents, who are now benefitting from the newly commissioned Barneyside water system.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the commissioning of the refurbished system, on November 28, Vice President at the NWC with responsibility for Potable Water Systems Operations and Maintenance, Mark Blair, told the residents and potential customers that regularizing their accounts is the only way the NWC will be able to sustain its service to their communities.

He said the sustainable delivery of water supplies across Jamaica is a difficult and costly undertaking, as “unfortunately…many persons who are lulled into a false sense of ease by Jamaica being referred to as the ‘land of wood and water,’ do not recognize the complexities involved.”

Chief among these, Mr. Blair noted, was the cost of abstracting, treating and delivering potable water from source to the customer, many times using electrically driven pumping stations.

He told residents that the NWC is paying in excess of $500 million per month to the Jamaica Public Service to pump water to its customers across Jamaica as he urged them to “work closely with the NWC by being good, paying customer as well as good custodians of the infrastructure serving your communities.”

Some 6,000 residents in 10 communities are having their water service restored after four years, with the commissioning of the Barneyside system.

The 150,000-gallon tank was refurbished at a cost of $4.3 million, jointly undertaken by the National Water Commission, the Rural Water Supply Limited and the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, joined the NWC Vice President in encouraging the beneficiaries to pay for their service.

“It costs money to bring you water, and the biggest cost to the NWC is electricity,” the Minister said.

The storage tank at Barneyside will lower the energy cost to the NWC as water to the communities at a lower level will be gravity-fed, even when there are power outages.

 

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