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  • He said that the initiative is working “according to plan” and has contributed to a fall in non-revenue water consumption in the Corporate Area from approximately 60 per cent to 36 per cent or about 80,000 cubic metres per day.
  • The KSA programme, being implemented over five years by the NWC and Miya Jamaica, is focused on addressing leaks, converting non-revenue consumers to paying customers, and installing new meters that accurately measure consumption.
  • “We care. We understand the frustrations at this time…and are doing everything necessary to improve our management, our maintenance, our infrastructure and improve how we provide the service to you,” he said.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, is reporting positive gains under the Kingston and St. Andrew (KSA) Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction Programme.

He said that the initiative is working “according to plan” and has contributed to a fall in non-revenue water consumption in the Corporate Area from approximately 60 per cent to 36 per cent or about 80,000 cubic metres per day.

The Minister was speaking to JIS News on Friday (Sept. 6), during a tour of sections of Nannyville and Rockfort, St. Andrew, to observe the installation of water metres and other operations under the programme.

He noted that the National Water Commission (NWC) has installed “the most upgraded meter-reading technology” in the project areas, which has resulted in less water being wasted.

NRW refers to water that has been produced and is lost before it reaches the customer. Losses can happen as a result of leaks, theft or metering inaccuracies.

The KSA programme, being implemented over five years by the NWC and Miya Jamaica, is focused on addressing leaks, converting non-revenue consumers to paying customers, and installing new meters that accurately measure consumption.

It is intended to improve water supply to residents, save the NWC billions of dollars in lost revenue, and improve the agency’s performance and efficiency.

The US$42.5 million initiative is being funded through a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Minister Charles Jr. said the programme is a comprehensive partnership geared at increasing efficiency, and facilitating improvements in the resilience of the country’s water systems and how the commodity is delivered to consumers.

“Our goal is to reduce the amount of water that we waste in this country, while providing the best service to consumers,” he noted.

Meanwhile, he reiterated that the Government is working towards implementing permanent solutions to the water supply problems affecting sections of the country.

“We care. We understand the frustrations at this time…and are doing everything necessary to improve our management, our maintenance, our infrastructure and improve how we provide the service to you,” he said.