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The tragedy of wasted water

Published:Wednesday | November 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The tragedy of wasted water


On the morning of Thursday, November 20, I was awakened by the sound of rushing water outside my home, and lower-than-usual water pressure in the pipes. As I drove out of my driveway, I saw where the pipe under the road was broken and the water was gushing out through the cracks, cascading at the end of our cul-de-sac. I quickly called the National Water Commission (NWC) and was told that this had already been reported.

Today (Monday, November 24) no one from the NWC has come to even assess the situation. I telephoned the NWC around 3 p.m., trying to find out when this repair will take place. They were not able to tell me when and apologised for inconveniencing me. They gave me a reference number. I said this: "There are many Jamaicans who have no water in their pipes at all; I think those are the people to whom you should be apologising."


I asked the representative whether the NWC was in need of more employees, or equipment. I was assured it was not so. But the representative needed me to understand that there are many more broken water mains in need of attention. I wonder, wouldn't more equipment and employees solve this problem? It seems there is more work than the current employees can handle. Why not put more Jamaicans to work?

Who is really in charge and is allowing this to happen? How can so much water be allowed to go to waste?

Every time I look at the water pouring through the cracks in the road, it seems like the earth is bleeding but we won't attend to the wound.

Allison L. Wallace