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South West St Ann pleads for potable water

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

This is an open letter to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller:

The diaspora in North America and Europe has been appalled at the treatment with regards to potable water supply to the people of South West St Ann, especially to villagers of Clarksonville, Aboukir, Cedar Valley, Fullerton Park, and the environs of the Dry Harbour Mountain. The situation since last year has become untenable. Too many times, the communities face water crises.

The diaspora is, indeed, concerned that, after 50 years of Independence, for Clarksonville, Cedar Valley, and adjoining communities, water woes is a distinguishable feature. We are upset that most constituencies offering less value to the Jamaican society and its development have surpassed ours in basic amenities. After three members of parliament and after producing the most bauxite important to the gross domestic product (GDP) of this nation, our people's needs are being ignored and shunted.

It is alarming that denial of potable water to the citizens of SW St Ann is a fact of life, and we call upon you to deal now with the situation.

We are not asking for much; only for what taxpayers and people whose mineral resources have developed Jamaica deserve.

The diaspora, therefore, anxiously awaits to hear from you with regards to our people receiving water.

Coalition of Concerned SW

St Ann Constituents

in the US