THE EDITOR, Sir:In responding to the Western Focus article published in The Gleaner on Saturday, August 17, 2013 under the headline 'No digging up - Lucea councillor cautions against water project affecting roads', the National Water Commission (NWC) wishes to acknowledge the concerns expressed.
The NWC seeks to assure the councillor and other residents of Lucea that no unnecessary road cuts will be undertaken by our most necessary Lucea Water Supply Pipeline Project, and that all road surfaces disturbed by the improvement works will be restored either to their previous condition or better.
In fact, all our previous pipeline projects undertaken by Vinci Construction (Logwood-Negril, Great River-Lucea, Martha Brae-Discovery Bay, to name a few) have been publicly acknowledged as having improved the road conditions in the areas of work.
The NWC is already working closely with the road authorities and further commits that inconveniences caused by its works are kept to an absolute minimum and restoration is completed in the shortest possible time.
Regrettably, in the process of providing or maintaining water and wastewater services to our customers, the NWC is often forced to cut into sections of a roadway. If the NWC does not do this, new customers would not be able to get service, inadequate service could not be improved, underground leaks would not be repaired, and disrupted service could not be restored.
At no time does the NWC excavate road surfaces if it is not necessary.
We, therefore, ask for the kind understanding and cooperation of all concerned.
Corporate PR Manager, NWC