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NWC's Palmetto Pen station shut down after vandals pilfer electrical parts

Published:Saturday | May 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The National Water Commission (NWC) says its Palmetto Pen pumping station in Clarendon has been vandalised and this has left several communities without their regular water supply.

The NWC says thieves have stripped the pumping station of all electrical wires, forcing it to shutdown the facility.

The NWC's maintenance manager, Billy Miekle, estimated the value of the damage at $1.5 million.

Meikle says this is just the latest incident in a series that has cost the water utility several million dollars in repairs. He says the NWC will be unable to restore service until the electrical wires are replaced and repairs carried out where necessary.

Communities that currently have no water include: Rosewell, Sandy Bay, Green Park, Free Town, Green Bottom, Breadnut Bottom, Kennedy Road, Palmers Cross, Chatteau, Rosewell Road, Cock Pit, Bodles, Sunrise Drive, Rose Hall, Toby Heights, Hartwell Gardens and Merrival Meadows.

The NWC is urging persons to report any information regarding the matter to the nearest police station or call its security manager at 929-5340-5.

The NWC says it regrets the inconvenience caused to its valued customers.