Water thieves plaguing NWC's Yallahs pipeline
The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that it is being plagued by unscrupulous persons illegally connecting to the Yallahs pipeline, resulting in damage and water losses in the millions of gallons.
The NWC says last weekend vandals damaged sections of the raw water network which traverses through the areas of Shooters Hill and 11 Miles, destroying two critical valves on the system.
The commission says that over the years it has been challenged with persons finding ingenious ways to illegally tap into the network.
It notes that the 19-mile stretch of pipeline usually provides approximately 14 million gallons of water to the Mona Reservoir in St Andrew.
“The Yallahs system is one of our major pipeline infrastructure which contributes to the supply of water to the Kingston Metropolitan Area, hence these illegal activities greatly impact inflows into the Reservoir,” said NWC Regional Manager Dr Phillipa Campbell-Francis.
Campbell-Francis points out that whenever these persons break the pipeline, they usually cannot handle the extreme pressures on the line resulting in huge volumes of water going to waste.
She also points out that with the current drought condition, the NW, at this time, cannot afford to be losing water and is imploring persons to desist from tampering with its network.