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If water is life, we are dead, says Porus councillor

Published:Friday | April 25, 2014 | 7:33 PM

Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer



MANCHESTER, Jamaica:

The councillor for the Porus division in the Manchester Parish Council says she is no longer able to restrain constituents agitated about poor water supply and bad roads.




Beth Swaby was speaking during a public consultation forum on the Draft Water Sector Policy and Implementation Plan, held earlier this week at the Manchester High School in Mandeville.



“If water is life, we are dead in Porus,” Swaby said.



“We have several wells, so the presence of water is not our problem, our problem is accessing the water,” she maintained.



According to Swaby, the pipes used to transport the water are too small and also need serious repairs.



She said as a result of the leaks, the road surfaces have been eroded, adding to the frustration of residents.



Representatives from the Water Resource Authority attending the forum said they too have been seriously hampered by leaks at several wells.



Meanwhile, the regional chair of the National Water Commission, Jermaine Johnson says there is currently a plan to repair all the bad pipes.



However, he failed give a timeline.



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