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NWC says it does not expect water issue for new school year

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 3:47 PM

The National Water Commission (NWC) says it does expect that there will be any major water-related issues at the start of the school year.

This, NWC says, despite about 20% of its water supply systems mainly in eastern parishes being impacted by drought conditions.

The Commission says in preparation for the new school year beginning next week, it has put in place a number of special measures aimed at addressing any water-related challenge to the smooth re-opening of schools islandwide.

The NWC says a meeting was held last week between the Commission and the Ministry of Education and Youth where arrangements were made.

These include:

* School authorities being asked to ensure that appropriate water storage capacity is in place.
* The exchange of contact details for critical personnel at the local, regional and national levels.
* The identification of schools and areas that are likely to encounter challenges in receiving piped water supply due to ongoing drought conditions or other issues.
* The provision of technical advice for any corrective measure that may be needed 
* The prioritisation of schools and educational institutions for water trucking, where necessary.

The agency says as part of its communications strategy it has also been conducting a series of meetings with political representatives and other community stakeholders to address concerns and challenges and share its plans for improvement.  

The NWC says issues raised in these meetings are then taken under consideration by the Commission in the development of its short term, medium term and long-term plans and updates provided on the progress.

Meanwhile, in the case of St Thomas, NWC says it has been in discussions with the local leaders regarding its plans for the Whitehall Treatment Plant upgrading for which engineering designs are now being done; preparatory work for the development of  new production wells at Springfield and South Haven; Non-Revenue Water reduction activities to improve operating efficiency and service reliability in the parish; and other general operational efficiency improvement activities.  

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