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The National Water Commission (NWC) will be carrying out exploratory work on a number of wells in Clarendon to ascertain the reason for the low production of the wells.
Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, informed that the work, which will cost $4.5 million, will also “identify exactly where in the aquifer field we can put the kind of wells that will give us the water we need.”
He was speaking at a meeting with officials at the NWC’s office in May Pen, Clarendon on Friday (Oct.30), as he sought to address the problems of inadequate supplies in the parish.
Dr. Chang said that focus is being placed on North Central Clarendon, which has a number of problems and the primary systems, which serve the area, namely the low ground wells in Mount Providence, Blackwoods and Mocho, and the McPherson Springs in Rock River. He noted that the low ground wells “have failed us quite miserably.”
In the meantime, he said that additional wells are being put into production in the southern section of the parish. He informed that as part of the investment in water in Clarendon, the May Pen system will be overhauled.
“May Pen is an old system. It has some pipes that if you fix one leak, you get 10 to replace the one and we will need a complete overhaul of the piping in May Pen, which we are looking at,” he stated.
Member of Parliament for North Central Clarendon, Hon. Pearnel Charles, who participated in the discussions, noted that approximately 25 per cent of the 60,000 people, who reside in the constituency do not get a constant water supply He said that 60 per cent get an unreliable water supply.
He added that there is a source of water and that if managed properly will serve the constituency, but said the funding must be identified to access it.
“There is a source. The major problem is money to get water to the area. We feel that with the little we have, if properly managed, we can get better out of it”, adding that “we cannot proceed without water”.

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