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Water crisis must be addressed ahead of schools reopening - Phillips

Published:Tuesday | August 27, 2019 | 1:14 PM
Member of Parliament for East Central St Andrew, Dr Peter Phillips - File photo.

Member of Parliament for East Central St Andrew, Dr Peter Phillips, says the government must respond immediately to the urgent cry of residents for water in affected communities.

Phillips, in a statement today, said that the ongoing water crisis that has been plaguing several communities in his constituency and other areas has intensified over the past weeks, with some communities going without the commodity for days.

"From Zaidie Gardens in the north to Maxfield Park in the south, including communities in Cassia Park, Molynes Gardens, Seaward Drive, Delacree Road, Hagley Park, Richmond Park and Waltham Park, residents have been experiencing severe water shortage from the onset of drought, coupled with frequent lock-offs, owing to broken mains from the ongoing mismanaged road work," he said.

According to him, on several occasions during the last academic year, students attending schools such as Melrose Primary, Maxfield Park Primary, and others had to be sent home because of a lack of water.

“We are entering into the reopening of schools and there has been a resurgence of this crisis in the constituency. From time to time water was trucked into the area, but there needs to be a reliable and appropriate trucking schedule. It is not sufficient to blame the drought and do nothing knowing that water is essential to life. Not only is this situation a major inconvenience, it also presents a serious health threat, especially for our children,” Phillips argued.

He argued that every effort must be made to address this ongoing crisis.

“One cannot pretend that this is not happening. The road work has gone on for some time now and the frequent breaking of pipes indicates that no care is being taken to ensure that the lives and livelihood of residents are protected. With the onset of the drought, these residents have been forced to endure this uncertainty for way too long,”  Phillips said.

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