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NWC working to recover from flood damage in St. Thomas

National Water Commission | 2016-05-31 00:00:00

The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that restoration work continues apace to complete repairs to a number of its water supply systems that have been severely affected by the recent flood rains in St. Thomas.
After the flood rains that caused extensive damage to infrastructure across the parish – including water  supply pipelines, intakes and other facilities -  the NWC had identified about 10 of its water supply systems  as having suffered significant damage. In fact, some of the facilities were extensively damaged on two separate occasions during May. These affected systems included:
•Needham Pen
•Nutts River
•Port Morant
•White Hall
•Airy Castle

While work has been successfully completed to restore most of these systems back into normal operations,  three of the impacted systems at Whitehall, Bath and Port Morant are still requiring further work.  
It is expected that repairs will be completed today (Tuesday, May 31, 2016) on the Bath water supply  systems and tomorrow (Wednesday, June 1, 2016) on the Port Morant water supply system, but the repairs  required to the Whitehall system are more extensive and will likely continue into next week.
The Whitehall water supply system which had only just been repaired, suffered extensive siltation at the impoundment, had significant pieces of its pipelines washed away and has also suffered from landslides on the access roads and at the facility. The repair work has also been slowed by frequent rainfall over the past several days.
Areas normally served by the Whitehall water supply system are:
•sections of Seafort,
•sections of Spring Gardens,
•Middleton, and

During the period of disruption the National Water Commission will continue to truck water to the affected areas.
The National Water Commission apologizes for any inconvenience experienced by its valued customers and assures them that every effort is being made to restore regular water supply in the shortest possible time.

Posted By :Teisha-Ann Pinnock

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