NWA to spend $100m on first round of drain cleaning across all parishes

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Works Agency (NWA) is to shortly commence island-wide drain cleaning activities as it continues to ensure its readiness for the 2018 North Atlantic Hurricane Season.

The programme, which primarily involves the removal of silt, vegetation and solid waste from critical drains across all parishes, is being undertaken at a cost of just under $100 million, according to the agency.

NWA communication and customer services manager, Stephen Shaw, explained that this forms part of the NWA's annual hurricane preparedness programme.

Additional drain cleaning activities are expected to be undertaken throughout the season.

He said major and critical drains to be addressed under the current programme are currently being identified and works are expected to begin in the upcoming weeks.

The NWA said the programme primarily targets those drains which routinely cause the flooding of some roads during severe weather events.

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