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NWA implements drain cleaning exercise

Published:Saturday | June 11, 2016 | 6:00 AM

The National Works Agency (NWA) is now conducting a drain-cleaning exercise at several locations in the Corporate Area. The project, which commenced last Saturday, seeks to mitigate flooding in selected areas, as well as to reduce the risk of mosquito breeding.

Under this special project, the Havana drain and Craig Town main drain, both in Jones Town; the Holborn Road drain, Margaret Villa Road drains and the Keesing Avenue-Strafford Avenue drains will be cleaned. The project, which is being funded by the road maintenance fund at a cost of $7.8 million, is expected to be completed in two weeks.

Manager of Communication and Customer Services Stephen Shaw says the targeted drains are critical ones that are heavily silted or blocked by branches, leaves or other waste. This, he says, is a hazard to property and public health, especially in light of the risk of vector-borne diseases. He further states that this effort is a part of a wider thrust to improve the drainage infrastructure across the island.

Shaw says a further $23 million is being spent on other drains across the Kingston Metropolitan Region.