Thieves steal transformers at NWC facility in Portmore, several communities without water
The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that over the weekend thieves stole three transformers, which belong to the Jamaica Public Service Company, that connect to its Goshen Pen Water Supply System in Portmore, St Catherine.
The NWC says this has resulted in the disruption of piped water to several sections of the municipality.
Areas affected include Greater Portmore, Naggo Head, Old Braeton, Congreve Park, Silverstone, Portmore Pines, Monza, West Cumberland, Daytona, and Ascott.
The NWC says the brazen theft of the essential electrical components is particularly crippling as seven other transformers were recently stolen from its Government Park Well # 2 facility, also in Portmore, and connected to the Goshen Pen System.
The Commission says those transformers have not yet been replaced.
It says the theft of the 10 electrical transformers over the space of two weeks has effectively denied the Commission of access to approximately four million gallons of daily water production capacity and disrupted service to thousands of customers.
The NWC says it is investigating the thefts and that arrangements are made to have the stolen transformers replaced and security measures implemented in the shortest possible time.