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The National Water Commission (NWC) is assuring customers currently without water, that efforts are being made to have all systems up and running within the next two days.

This, however, is contingent on the full restoration of electricity by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), said NWC Senior Public Relations Officer, Karen Williams.

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She told JIS News that of just over 200 systems that were impacted during the passage of Hurricane Sandy, some 85 have, thus far, been restored. This means 58 per cent of NWC customers are still without piped water.

"Even while some of our customers might have electricity at their homes, it doesn't mean that we will have water provided to them immediately because they might be sharing a different grid from the system, which serves them,” she explained.

The NWC has been able to bring several water supply systems into operation over the weekend and into today. These systems have either received public power supply, are being operated by standby generating capacity, or through gravity flow operations.

The agency is expecting that several other systems will be put back into operation later today, especially as public power supply is expected to be restored to more areas in which critical water supply facilities are located. 

In the meantime, Ms. Williams informed that the NWC would be trucking water to customers now without the commodity, “as we are able to”, until all systems are fully restored.

“It doesn’t mean we have a schedule, but as soon as our customers call upon us, if we are able to, then we will truck water to supply them,” she said.

To date, full service has been restored to communities in Clarendon, Hanover, St. Elizabeth, St. James, and Manchester.

The NWC continues to implore customers to expect occasional interruptions on these systems and instances of low water pressure as the systems are not yet stabilised or fully charged.