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Published:Tuesday | November 10, 2020 | 12:17 AM

Higher water bills for Portmore customers

Hundreds of householders in Portmore have been hit by a hike in water and sewerage rates after the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) approved an increase of 8.4 per cent for an annual price-adjustment mechanism for private supplier Dynamic Environmental Management Limited (DEML).

The company supplies water and sewerage services to residents in Caribbean Estates, Morris Meadows, Portmore Country Club, and Vineyards Estate in St Catherine.

The approved rate increase was applied to DEML’s base rates for the provision of water and sewerage services at the end of September and the effect was reflected on customers’ October bills.

The approval was granted on the basis that DEML has no control over the three indices in the cost matrix – the consumer price index, the Jamaican-dollar exchange rate relative to the greenback, and electricity prices.

Portland man shocked to death

A Portland family is in mourning following the electrocution of a man after 2 p.m. on Monday while cutting down trees.

Residents reported that the man, whose name has been withheld, was clearing vegetation when a tree fell on to a high-tension wire.

The tree cutter, who attempted to remove branches from the high-tension electrical wire, was electrocuted.

The man was rushed to the Port Antonio Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Family members and others from the community mourned openly at the hospital.

The common-law spouse of the deceased fainted and was treated by a medical team at the hospital.