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NWC addressing water issues ahead of new school year

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM
There is a lack of piped water in Myersville, St Elizabeth.
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The National Water Commission (NWC) has started to implement special measures to assist schools that might face water woes come next week.

According to the NWC, the measures are aimed at addressing any known water-related challenges to the smooth reopening of schools islandwide.

The NWC says 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.

In addition, the NWC said it met with officials of the Ministry of Education and Youth last week to confirm a series of arrangements.

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; and

• The prioritisation of schools and educational institutions for water trucking, where necessary.