NWC says Canaan, surrounding communities in St James to get water
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
The National Water Commission (NWC) says an arrangement is to be put in place to supply residents of Canaan and surrounding communities in eastern St James with water.
The areas have been without the commodity since July 24 when the NWC began rehabilitation work at the Canaan Water Supply Scheme, which supplies the communities.
The works are expected to last until August 24.
Residents have complained about the lack of water.
“We’re not getting any water, and each government minister is supposed to truck water in the area, and we’re not seeing any of that here,” said Jerry Warner, a farmer from Content.
“It’s just a drip you’re getting in the pipe, and I had to pay J$2000 for a truckload of water recently.”
In an interview with The Gleaner Teisha-Ann Pinnock, Community Relations Manager for the NWC’s Western Region, said that the communities will be connected to the Queen of Spain Valley System, which is located in Trelawny, during the period of dislocation.
“It’s just an interim measure because as soon as Canaan is back in operation those areas will be served by Canaan again since that is the system that was originally designed to serve those communities,” Pinnock said added.
Edmund Bartlett, the Member of Parliament from East Central St James Bartlett, recently sought to allay the fears of his constituents where he indicated that alternative measures would be put in place to satisfy their water needs for the duration of the J$900 million restoration project at Canaan.