Jamaica News, The National Water Commission (NWC) has instituted a series of schedules to regulate water supplied to customers in sections of the Corporate Area and South East St. Catherine.
This is in a bid to improve the distribution of water to areas being impacted by unrepairable breaks on the NWC’s Ferry/ Mandela transmission pipeline, and a combination of other issues on its network.
The pipeline mainly supplies residents in the western section of the Corporate Area, which includes Duhaney Park, Cooreville Gardens, Patrick City, among other areas along Washington Boulevard and Molynes Road.
NWC President, Mark Barnett, says the schedules, which commenced on Friday (December 28), are necessary to ensure a more even distribution of water being supplied to the affected areas by alternative systems.
The major break has deprived the NWC of about five million gallons of water per day, or more than ten per cent of the corporate area’s daily water needs.
The decision to route water from other systems also resulted from other challenges with the provision of water associated with road work along Constant Spring Road and Hagley Park Road.
Mr. Barnett advised that the arrangement will remain in place until the work, now underway to install a new transmission line, is completed.
He was speaking at a press conference at the NWC’s Corporate Office in New Kingston, on December 28.
The schedule will see the Havendale water system supplying water to: Smokey Vale, Havenmead, Hydra Drive, Kingswood and Ursa Major between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., and Havendale, Meadowbrook and Roehampton from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The communities of Rock Pond, Red Hills, Brentwood, Leas Flats, Belvedere, Mosquito Valley, Sterling Castle, and Forrest Hills will get water from the Forest Hills system between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
Residents of Meadowbrook Estate, Perkins Boulevard, Queensborough, Abberville Drive and Patrick City will have access to water from that system between 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
The Constant Spring system will supply water to Constant Spring Gardens, Half-Way-Tree, White Hall Gardens, Devon Road, Eastwood Park Gardens, Lower Red Hills Road, and Calabar Mews from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., while Cassia Park, Moreton Park, Olympic Gardens, Dunrobin Avenue, Ziadie Gardens, and State Gardens will have access between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Residents of Devon Road, Kingsway, Lady Musgrave Road and Braemar Avenue will get their supply from the Mona water system between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Meanwhile customers on Spanish Town Road, Molynes Road, Washington Boulevard and sections of downtown, which are supplied by the Rio Cobre/Tulloch Spring system will have water between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Those in sections of Portmore, Hamilton Gardens, Christian Gardens and Christian Pen, Newland Road, Cumberland, Cedar Grove, Edgewater, Waterford, Gregory Park, Braeton, Independence City and Hellshire, will get water from the system on weekdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
The NWC advises that these areas will or may also experience reduced water supply outside of the scheduled times.
Mr. Barnett said while the Commission is unable to supply all areas during the daytime at the level desired by all customers under these circumstances, “what we are ensuring is to provide you with at least an improved service during a particular period”.
“It is the best approach at this time to actually ensure that there is no prolonged period of no water [being provided] to any customer whatsoever… and [we] seek your indulgence and patience while we work to resolve this major issue,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mr. Barnett said he is in discussion with National Works Agency (NWA) Chief Executive Officer, E.G. Hunter, to see how best work on the replacement pipeline for the damaged 18-inch main on Mandela Highway, schedule for completion in April 2019, can be fast-tracked.
The NWC President indicated that the replacement, which forms part of the Mandela Highway Improvement Project, “was always planned”.
“We have done our assessments and made a decision that to effect repairs on that pipeline would be an event that wouldn’t be cost effective, both in terms of money and time,” Mr. Barnett informed.
He indicated that consequent on the “aggressive” nature of the soil in that area, deemed unsuitable for accommodating the pipeline, it was decided to construct it above ground.
“The new pipe will be constructed adjacent to the southern carriageway of Mandela Highway on berms [now being built],” Mr. Barnett indicated.