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JPS says illegal St Catherine connections damaging transformers

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2015 | 12:25 PM

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says illegal connections to its power lines in the St Catherine community of St Johns have damaged seven transformers over a six-month period.

According to the JPS, each transformer costs US$4,500 or approximately half-a-million Jamaican dollars.

The disclosures come in response to claims by angry residents in the community that the area has been without electricity for nearly two weeks since it was disconnected by the utility company.

However, in a statement today, JPS said the community has not been disconnected and instead blamed the power outage on widespread illegal connections.

To support its claim, the utility company indicated that of the over 100 households in the community that are using electricity only 20 are paying customers.

The result of the illegal connections, JPS says is that its transformers are burnt out and destroyed, as happened on Tuesday when illegal connections resulted in damage to the sixth transformer in six months.

It says a new transformer was installed on Thursday evening, but by yesterday morning it was destroyed because of illegal connections.

Despite this, JPS says electricity should be restored to the community by tomorrow.