Following significant improvement made by the National Water Commission (NWC) with the installation of a new 600 mm pipeline at Ferry, communities in corporate Jamaica are now receiving more flowing water.

According to the NWC, the new system serves communities along Washington Boulevard up to Dunrobin Avenue, where it interconnects with the recently commissioned of a 700-mm diameter transmission main that was laid along Constant Spring Road.

The communities to be positively impacted are Washington Gardens, sections along Molynes Road, Upper Waltham Park, Seaward Drive, and Olympic Way.

The commission president Mark Barnett, recently toured the area and said he sympathises with those who had little water, especially during the 2018 yuletide season because of the old system.

Barnett stressed that it was not something the NWC was comfortable with, although measures were put in place to mitigate the impact.

He said that the importance of the new pipeline is not only part of the NWC’s comprehensive plans for efficient distribution, but also part of broader efforts to build resilience and reliability within the network.

Stating that “what it does in a time of drought or extended dry period, we use the water from the White Marl/Tulloch Spring Systems to augment what we would have been producing from Constant Spring and Mona facilities. Where there are shortfalls in those systems as it is now, the new Ferry system will help to reduce the impact of those shortfalls”.

At the same time, a new 900-millimeter diameter pipeline has also been activated to serve downtown, Kingston which serves Six Miles via Three Miles and Marcus Garvey Drive to the downtown business district.


Shannon-Dale Reid

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