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Rose Hill thirsts for water

Published:Friday | July 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM


This is an open letter to Western Hanover Member of Parliament Ian Hayles.


I have lived for the better part of 30 years in Jamaica, and from that time the community where I was born and reared has never had piped water. Yes, I said it. Never had piped water.

We made the national headlines (TVJ News) in the first quarter of 2016 when residents protested that they wanted water instead of the planned improvements of the B1 roadway (that runs from Lucea to Glasgow). Since then, we were promised that we would have received water, but two years later there's still no movement on the ground.

This is poor and untenable representation at its best from all the politicos who represent my community of Rose Hill, the local government division, and wider constituency of Western Hanover where this community falls.

Let me add that this specific community is the only one on the hill that was bypassed. If it's political victimisation, that's not smart politics, as you're only losing potential voters when you treat them badly. Mind you, I've voted for both sides.

Therefore, I am calling on the relevant authorities (the MP, councillor, the Rural Water Supply Limited and the National Water Commission) to address this atrocity in 2018. There should be no community in this country that is deprived of the two most basic and important utilities (water and electricity) in the 21st century.

The people of the community are self-sufficient and have already purchased pipes and other fittings for the scarce commodity. All we need now is for the connection to be made with the main water supply. Please make it happen this year.