Fix it! - Councillor urges NWC to address water problems in Clarendon
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
The National Water Commission (NWC) came under fire from councillors at the monthly sitting of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation on Thursday.
The standout complaint came from Collin Henry, councillor for the Thompson Town division as he took the utility company to task on its improper management of water in that division.
Henry said while the water pressure for the Peace River water source is good, there is a serious leaking problem.
“Water running left, right and centre in Thompson Town and the problem that I am having is that the healthcare centre there can’t get any water,” he said, pointing out that there is a major water leakage about two chains away from the facility.
Henry told the Corporation that it was just last Monday he received a call from a personnel at the health centre with the plea for assistance in getting water trucked there.
“They were contemplating whether to keep clinic or close it down because there is no water there,” he said, pointing out that he was told the NWC truck has been down since last November and therefore unable to truck water to the health centre.
“So where do we go when water is just about two chains away from the health centre?” he asked.
The two schools in the division are also faced with the same issues and according to Henry, the stretch of road leading to the schools also has the same issue of a broken main.
Henry said he reported the problem on numerous occasions. “A tell you, if you go there right now, you can hardly pass cause the water a spray out so hard that it’s gonna wet you in your vehicle, that is how the pressure is and yet none of the two schools getting water. So it is a serious problem and I continue to report it with the schools still not getting any water,” he shared.
With the high school having an attendance record of over 1,000 students and the primary with over 300 students, he noted that it is costing the school $19,000 per truckload of water as he makes the plea for the situation to be considered urgent enough to fix.
“I reported and a team came, they had a look at it and they used a piece of rubber and band it up and they said to me that they didn’t know the nature of the problem, so they will get back to it and it’s about six months now and it’s (water leakage) still there running out,” he said with Mayor Winston Maragh urging the NWC representative to “look into it”.