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Fix 'basic' problems to stem yearly water problems - JMA to Government

Published:Monday | July 6, 2015 | 7:41 PM
The NWC says without restrictions, water in storage for the Corporate Area would last only 15 days. JMA president, Metry Seaga says he does not believe that the problem of reduced inflows is unique to Jamaica.

The Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) says the Government needs to carry out major infrastructural changes to the country’s water system to reduce the problems that re-occur every year.

Severe water restrictions have been implemented across Jamaica because of the reduced inflows caused mainly by the absence of the usual May and June rains.

The NWC says without the restrictions, water in storage for the Corporate Area would last only 15 days.

JMA president, Metry Seaga says he does not believe that the problem of reduced inflows is unique to Jamaica.

However, he says the local authorities can reduce some of the yearly recurring problems by improving the infrastructure involved with  the supply and storage of water.

 

JMA president, Metry Seaga

During last year’s water crisis, Water Minister Pickersgill acknowledged that Jamaica’s water system faces various challenges.

At the time, he along with the NWC spoke about the need for recycling water, re-using underground wells and improving infrastructure.

Earlier this month, the Opposition spokesman on Water, Dr Horace Chang claimed loans amounting to a billion dollars, have been secured but to date contracts have not been signed to implement measures to stem the leakage.