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Manchester residents owe NWC $557m, urged to pay up

Published:Thursday | June 11, 2015 | 6:19 PM

The Water Ministry says its plans to expand water services in Manchester is being hampered because customers in the parish owe the National Water Commission (NWC) some $557 million.

The NWC supplies water to about 22,000 people in the parish.

Speaking at a People's National Party Face2Face Town Hall meeting last evening, junior minister in the Water Ministry, Ian Hayles, said efforts will continue to supply more areas with water.

But he said that those who owe the agency must pay up for the entity to increase its supply to more areas.

Hayles also said the NWC faces a tough task to provide water for the entire country while maintaining its infrastructure.

According to the junior minister, more money is needed to repair infrastructure for better service.

Manchester does not have a river as a natural source of water and many communities are located in hilly areas making supply more expensive to produce.