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‘Illegal connection behind power outages on St John’s Road’ - JPS

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM
JPS crews removed hundreds of illegal connections from houses in a St Catherine community.

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has denied claims that it has cut off electricity to residents of St John's Road on the outskirts of Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Residents of the community staged a demonstration in the area last Friday accusing the JPS of cutting the power and leaving them in darkness.

But yesterday, the company blamed illegal connections in the community for the blackout.

"The community is rife with illegal connections. Of the more than 100 households using electricity service, less than 20 are paying customers," said the JPS.

"This means that more than 80 householders have attached illegal connections to the system. This has resulted in burnt and destroyed transformers yet again," added the JPS.




The company said that last Tuesday, December 15, multiple illegal connections caused the burnout of the sixth transformer in as many months in that community.

"On Thursday night, December 17, a new transformer was installed and by Friday morning, December 18, the new transformer was destroyed because of said illegal connections. This is now the seventh transformer destroyed by illegal connections in six months. Each transformer costs more than US$4,500 or more than J$500,000," said the JPS.

According to the company, it has carried out several operations to tear down illegal wires in the St John's Road community, but these wires are often quickly replaced.

"The JPS does, however, remain committed to serving the customers in this community who will be restored by tomorrow (today). The company is also determining the best solutions for the community going forward.

"The JPS is appealing to the members of the St John's Road community and others who are illegally abstracting electricity to become regularised," said the company.