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Sewerage woes worsen in central Kingston, yards flooded

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:34 PM
Sewerage water flows on Price Lane in Kingston. – Norman Grindley/Chief Photo Editor

The sewerage problem for residents of some central Kingston communities worsened last night when hundreds of gallons of raw effluent came gushing through their yards.

The situation remained up to a short while ago.

Only recently, the National Water Commission carried out temporary work on a section of the troublesome sewer main on North Street, Kingston, near two of Jamaica’s oldest boy’s schools.

However, it appears this has done little to ease the frustration of the residents.

One Price Lane, Central Kingston resident Fabian Walker says the problem worsened last night, and so this morning the residents used debris including old tires to block a section of North Street in protest.


Price Lane, Central Kingston resident Fabian Walker

Another resident Sue-Ann Reid said there was structural damage last night when the sewerage came gushing through her yard.


Price Lane, Central Kingston resident Sue-Ann Reid

Meanwhile, the roadblocks have since been cleared by the police.

However, the residents are worried the situation could pose a serious threat to their health.

Last night, the NWC attempted to make further adjustments to the sewer lines to alleviate the suffering of residents along North Street.

Meanwhile, another resident Cecil Douglas, who operates a shop in the community, had to close for the day, he said because of the odour and constant flow of the sewerage.

Thirty-six million dollars was spent recently on a section of the North Street sewer line.

Subsequently, Dr Horace Chang, minister with responsibility for water, environment and housing stated that his ministry accepts responsibility  for the continuous free flowing of sewerage along the roadway.

He said it should have been corrected after the lengthy multimillion-dollar project and added the ministry was sourcing funds to complete the rehabilitation work of the North Street line through to Spanish Town.