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NWC probes South St Andrew water crisis

Published:Wednesday | September 3, 2014 | 1:31 PM

The National Water Commission (NWC) says it is investigating water lock-offs in several South St Andrew communities.

Residents of Arnett Gardens and neighboring communities, have been complaining that they have been without water for weeks.

They say they have been unable to carry out regular household chores and it is a challenge to maintain sanitary conditions.

The residents say the situation is being compounded by the fact that they are receiving water bills despite their dry taps.

Corporate Communications Manager at the NWC Charles Buchanan says the utility provider is aware of the concerns and the matter is being probed.

Buchanan says sections of the Corporate Area are being affected by the dry spell and communities in South St Andrew are no different.

However, he notes that the NWC is facing additional challenges in these communities due to the high rate of theft in the area.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for South St Andrew, Dr Omar Davies, says the water situation needs urgent intervention from the highest level.

According to him, residents have turned to using non-potable water meant to water football fields.

Davies argues that over the years he has been making representations for the water situation in South St Andrew to be addressed to no avail.

He says the situation is now at a serious level and needs immediate intervention.

Davies was speaking on Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106 FM yesterday.

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