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The National Water Commission (NWC) has earmarked funds under its Systems Rehabilitation Programme to restore selected wastewater plants to their original design capability and upgrade sections of NWC sewerage.
This falls under the entity’s three-year action plan, which began in 2004 and which will see $1.5 billion being spent on rehabilitating water supply and wastewater systems.
According to information contained in the NWC’s 2004-05 Annual Report, which was tabled in the House on Tuesday (Nov.15) this activity was being undertaken as the Commission recognizes that the quality of effluent discharges from a number of wastewater plants do not comply with the standards stipulated by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).
The NWC continues to be concerned about the quality of discharges from the Greenwich and Western Wastewater treatment plants in Kingston and has collaborated with the Urban Development Corporation and the National Housing Trust to address this problem. The Greenwich and Western Wastewater treatment plants in Kingston received some 30 per cent of the total volume of wastewater received at NWC operated plants over the year.
The NWC operates 68 wastewater treatment plants, most being small package plants associated with housing developments.
In the meantime the Commission produced some 770 billion gallons of potable water through its water supply facilities. The report however notes that despite this level of production some customers continued to experience intermittent supply and a generally unacceptable level of service.
The Commission is addressing this issue through the rehabilitation of water supply systems and the development or expansion of others. In addition, refurbishing or upgrading of water plants to treat more turbid water and incorporating better operation and maintenance practices to improve plant availability and output are being done at locations such as the Great River, Spanish Town and Constant Spring water treatment plants.