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Thieves hurting NWC

Published:Sunday | November 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Electricity cable stolen from a utility company and recovered by the police.-File

Sections of St Ann left without water after robbery at Breadnut Hill facility

Scores of National Water Commission (NWC) customers in Breadnut Hill and surrounding areas in St Ann were left without their regular water supply yesterday after thieves removed more than 600 feet of electrical service wires from the Breadnut Hill water supply facility.

According to the NWC, it will have to fork out close to $1 million to replace the stolen wires and restore water to its customers.

This latest incident came close on the heels of vandalism and theft of electrical wires and other pumping accessories at the NWC's Bridgewater facility also in St Ann, for the third time within a six-month period.

These incidents of theft at the Bridgewater facility forced the cash-strapped entity to spend approximately $5 million to replace the stolen items and repair the damage inflicted by these miscreants.

In a release yesterday the NWC said, "While we are deeply outraged and outright fed up with the unpatriotic and selfish behaviour of those ruthless hoodlums who are strident in their efforts to derail its operations, our most immediate plan is to relieve the discomfort and inconvenience of the more than 1,000 persons in Breadnut Hill and surrounding areas who have been affected by this regrettable incident."

The NWC said it would be trucking potable water to the customers as it expedites the process to replace the electrical wires, so normality can be restored to those communities.

Community relations man-ager of the NWC's Western Division, Julia Gordon, condemned the incidents of theft as she lamented "the devastating effects those activities will have on our reignited quest to improve the reliability of water supply to our valued customers".

huge losses

According to Gordon, if these attacks continue, they could result in huge losses to both customers and the NWC.

Gordon said she is pleading to all law-abiding Jamaicans to be united in the fight against the few disruptive elements who are adamant in crippling the NWC's effort to improve the standard of living of all Jamaicans.

"The NWC is urging the public to assist in identifying the individuals responsible for this or any other incident of theft at the NWC by calling the St Ann police," said Gordon.

"At the same time, the NWC is cautioning the public to refrain from purchasing these wires from any unauthorised dealers and make a stance against larceny and attack on Jamaica's primary water provider," added Gordon.