A team from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will today report its findings on the quality of the water being supplied by the National Water Commission (NWC) in the capital city, Kingston.
The announcement, which came from Mayor Delroy Williams during the monthly general meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) on Tuesday, October 9, comes on the discovery of a farm being fingered as a source of contamination to the Constant Spring Water Treatment Plant.
The mayor argued that several poor farming practices have contributed to high levels of turbidity within the Constant Spring water supply – and consequentially, an investigation into whether it could become a public health risk for residents of the city is being determined.
Teams from the KSAMC, the Kingston and St Andrew Health Department, the Ministry of Agriculture, among other agencies, visited the farm at Temple Hall, St Andrew last Thursday after the NWC in March identified the farm as a source of contamination of the Constant Spring Water Treatment Plant.
“The quality of water from the Constant Spring Water Treatment Plant is good, but the problem of high turbidity has to be taken seriously,” Mayor Williams told the council Tuesday.
Williams said that at the inter-agency meeting scheduled for Wednesday, issues with all the watersheds across the municipality would be discussed.
What’s more, technical officers would be asked to pay special attention to the water quality reports presented at the Parish Disaster and Public Health Committee meetings of the KSAMC.
According to the mayor, through the education of farmers in the use of proper waste disposal methods, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) officers could help to address the problem of high turbidity.
“We believe that RADA officers are important as some farming practices need to be looked at,” he said.
Williams said that there was also a need for the NWC to train and review the persons being used to put chlorine in the public water supply.
By Gavin Riley