NWC gates welded shut in Manchester, Clarendon

January 26, 2023
Residents from across several west Kingston communities now access water from just one source -– a standpipe near the St Anne's Catholic Church.

Operations at the Manchester, and Clarendon National Water Commission (NWC) facilities were hindered today, after disgruntled protesters welded the gates shut, locking some team members inside the facilities. 

The NWC reports that the issue happened some time between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, and affected their Two Meetings and Moravia treatment plants . 

However, the employee at the Moravia facility managed to leave the plant, it said.

The NWC says no one has been able to gain access to the facilities.

While the Two Meetings plant is still operational, the Moravia plant is now out of service because the power supply panel that provides electricity for that facility was damaged by unknown persons, the NWC stated.  

It says the outage at the Moravia facility will result in water supply disruptions to several communities in Manchester and Clarendon.

The affected areas include Coleyville, Succeed, Bryce, Dump, Dobson, Line of Parish, Silent Hill, Ticky Ticky, Christiana, Spaldings, Chudleigh, Malton, Mollison, Devon, Farm, Richmond and Whiteshop.

The NWC says it is monitoring the plants and is also working with the police and the Jamaica Fire Brigade.

The commission says that once advised that it is safe, its maintenance teams will access both facilities to carry out an assessment.

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