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Martha Brae could address Negril's water problem - Sav Mayor

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM
From left: Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar Bertel Moore and principal of the Risen Messiah Early Childhood Institute, Karen Ennis, accept a water-pressure system from Ian Neita, assistant deputy chairman of the ATL Group.-Photo by Dalton Laing

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland:Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar Bertel Moore is suggesting that the Martha Brae River in Trelawny could be the solution to the water problem in his division of Negril and elsewhere in the parish of Westmoreland.

He suggested that if the water within the region is properly distributed, the woes in the tourist town would be greatly alleviated.

"What they need to do is cut off a part of Montego Bay from Great River and send water from Martha Brae into Montego Bay," Moore said.

"Send water to Lucea from Great River and cut off Lucea completely from Logwood's supply and let Logwood supply the Negril area alone."

Moore said this could be a long-term solution and spoke to the plans to provide water to some of the remote communities of his division via a loading bay in the Bay Road area as a short-term solution.

"Water from the Roaring River goes as far as Bay Road, so they (the National Water Commission) need to set up a loading bay in the Bay Road area so trucks can fill their tanks there and head back to Negril, which is much shorter."

He was speaking in an interview following a presentation of a water pump, a pressure tank, and a water-storage tank to the Risen Messiah Early Childhood Institute in Good Hope, Westmoreland, by Appliance Traders Limited (ATL).

Assistant deputy chairman of the ATL Group, Ian Neita, said it was the corporate responsibility of his organisation to reach out to those in need. He said that he learnt of the plight of the basic school through a newspaper article and immediately jumped on-board to offer his assistance.


"We are in the business of providing solutions for Jamaica's industrial and residential sector, so we felt that we could respond with the water-pressure system that would alleviate the problem that exists at Good Hope."

Principal, Karen Ennis, was grateful for the gift.

"We haven't had a good rainfall since November last year, and the challenge is that we have to buy water every three days."

Additionally, Neita said ATL would cover the general consumption tax for any resident of the Good Hope community and its environs who purchases a system, or parts of it, by the end of June.