THE EDITOR, Sir:
The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has recently granted the National Water Commission (NWC) double-digit increases in rates.
Many Jamaicans like myself have been left to consider if we will really be called upon to pay more for a commodity which we have not received in several months through our pipes. For me, it becomes more surreal since I live in a watershed area. Despite repeated calls to the NWC concerning the lack of the commodity, nothing has been done to remedy the situation. Further, the sad thing is that there is water in the area at relatively high pressure.
I have even sought the intervention of Member of Parliament Damion Crawford, having contacted him via Twitter and received his email addresses, to which I forwarded my correspondence relaying the citizens' predicament, to no avail.
I wonder for how much longer I shall be carrying water even while the NWC carries water from Jamaica to the 22nd Annual Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association to be adjudged the Caribbean's best-tasting drinking water. Yet, so many of us back home suffer to savour that taste and are nonetheless called upon to pay for it without the service of piped water being provided to our homes.
FABIAN E. SANCHEZ