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Water wastage in White Horses

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2015 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I read with interest Raymond Pryce's article in The Sunday Gleaner (July 5, 2015), 'Slipping up on water policy', which is not only informative, but also very timely.

I live in the district of White Horses, St Thomas, where we and a number of other districts in the surrounding areas are served by a 1.3-million-litre water-storage tank sited on a hill in White Horses. The genesis of the water system in White Horses is

grounded in a project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Government of Jamaica. There are clear guidelines set down stating how the aforementioned water system should be managed. Yet these guidelines are consistently breached by the National Water Commission (NWC).

On hearing persistently rumours of water wastage around the vicinity of the water tank in White Horses, I carried out an investigation, wrote a report, and sent a copy to the NWC. To date, I have yet to receive a response from the NWC, nor has anything been done to alleviate the problem of water wastage from the tank. Pleas to the NWC seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

It is apparent that the NWC is suffering not only from a lack of guidance or a clear policy, but also from incompetence and poor management.

LEONARD JAMES (JP)

White Horses, St Thomas