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NWC to repair sewer problem on North Street

Published:Saturday | December 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Beginning early next week, the National Water Commission (NWC) is expected to start sewer rehabilitation works on North Street in Kingston. The work will begin on December 5 and end on January 31, 2017.

For an extended period, motorists, pedestrians and residents have had to battle offensive odour from sewage overflowing on North Street in the vicinity of two traditional high schools.

The NWC has said the sewage overflow on North Street and surrounding environs has been a recurring problem over the years due in large part to blocked sewer mains along the thoroughfare.

It said the latest blockage exists between East Street and Rum Lane. According to the NWC, the problem will be corrected when it replaces approximately 170 metres (557 feet) of the 31-inch diameter "upper level sewer" in this round of rehabilitation works.

The NWC has already engaged the road authority in getting the necessary approval for the closure of North Street between East Street and Rum Lane.

The company will ensure the necessary notifications are issued, advising of alternative routes, which will be necessary in order to complete these essential works critical to improving the quality of life for the businesses and residents of the North Street area.