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PSOJ against NWC's plans to tap into bottled water market

Published:Tuesday | June 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM
A car drives through the entrance of the National Water Commission complex on Maurescaux Road, Kingston.

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is urging the portfolio minister responsible for the National Water Commission (NWC) to reject plans by the state agency to enter the commercial bottled water market.

The PSOJ says the NWC is supported by taxpayers and would have an unfair advantage over private sector entities involved in the production and distribution of bottled water.

Chief Executive Officer of the PSOJ Dennis Chung says this is likely to result in distortion and disinvestment in the market.


Chief Executive Officer of the PSOJ, Dennis Chung

The PSOJ CEO argues that the NWC operates an inefficient water distribution system and should instead focus on improving those inefficiencies rather than getting into the commercial bottled water market.

When contacted this morning, Corporate Public Relations Manager at the NWC, Charles Buchanan, said he would not comment at this time on the concerns of the PSOJ.