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Utility pole among NWC equipment stolen by thieves in St James

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 4:10 AM

Some National Water Commission (NWC) customers in St James will have to do without the commodity for a bit longer after thieves made away with several pieces of equipment needed by the company to restore the service.

The NWC says a utility pole, electrical service wires, control equipment and appurtenances have been stolen.

The equipment was required to complete the rehabilitation of the Fairfield system, which serves Fairfield, Tucker, Irwin, sections of Granville and sections of Pitfour in the parish.

The utility company says it will now have to fork out over $2 million to replace the stolen items.

NWC Vice-President of Divisional Operations, Kevin Kerr, says the theft is a significant loss and major setback for the company, which will delay efforts to restore piped water supply to the communities.

The company says arrangements are in place to supply the affected areas with water.

Meanwhile, the NWC is urging persons with information about this and any other incident of theft of NWC items to call the St James police at 684-9458.

The company is also cautioning the public against purchasing these wires from unauthorised dealers.