Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | July 22, 2009
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Dry season affects Corporate Area water supply

As the extended dry season continues to affect the water supply to some areas across the island, the National Water Commission (NWC) has announced that nightly water restrictions will be stepped up in sections of Kingston and St Andrew served by the Hermitage/Constant Spring Water Supply System.

Beginning tomorrow, these customers will, depending on their elevation and location on the system, either have no piped water or have low water pressure from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. on Mondays to Fridays; and on weekends, from 7:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m.

"Customers are, therefore, encouraged to conserve water to avoid the need for further modified water-restriction measures and to ensure that they have enough water stored for use during the periods of disruption," the NWC said in a release yesterday.

The water commission said it would continue to closely monitor the situation and make adjustments as the situation warrants.

"The NWC apologises for any inconvenience caused to its valued customers, as every attempt is made to provide the most reliable service," the release stated.

In the meantime, the water commission also stated it would also be carrying out works under the Port Antonio Water Sewerage and Drainage Project today, in the vicinity of Red Hassel Road and tomorrow at Turtle Crawl in Portland.

"This will cause disruption in water supply on both days between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to a number of communities in the parish," the NWC said.

Areas that will be affected on Wednesday include Port Antonio and environs, Norwich, Anchovy and Dolphin Bay. On Thursday, customers in Williamsfield, Drapers, San San, Fairy Hill, Boston and Castle will be without their regular service during the times specified.

Service will also be disrupted in sections of Clarendon and St Catherine today in keeping with a scheduled Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd power outage from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Areas that will be affected include Colonels Ridge, Brandon Hill, Kellits, Mcknie, Crofts Hill, St Johns, Lluidas Vale, Reckford, Pennants, Crooked River, Red Lands, Trout Hall, Frankfield, Nine Turns, and Grantham.

Areas to be affected by nightly restrictions include:

Manor Park


Constant Spring Road

Shortwood Road

Graham Heights

Cassia Park



Armour Heights

Eastwood Park Gdns

Jacks Hill

Liguanea Club

Stillwell Road


Constant Spring Gdns

Molynes Road

Smokey Vale


Russell Heights

Grants Pen Road

Moreton Park

Half-Way Tree Road

Charlton Road


Mannings Hill Road


Red Hills Road

Sections of Stony Hill

Diamond Road

Wireless Station Road

Lock-offs also scheduled for Portland, Clarendon

(All other adjoining communities will also be affected).

For information on ways to conserve, visit the NWC's website at www.nwcjamaica.com. Customers may also call the customer care centre, toll-free at 1-888-225-5692 for further updates.

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