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Lingering water problems in Mandeville

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 | 6:38 PM    

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Mandeville, Manchester — Due to maintenance work taking place on the Pepper #3 Well of the National Water Commission (NWC) residents in Mandeville and its environs have been having water problems for more than a week.

An update issued by the NWC on Sunday said that the company was working “assiduously” to restore operations.

“Customers will continue to experience low water pressure, intermittent supply and in some instances no water at all,” the release said.

However, some Mandeville residents are concerned about the way the matter is being handled by the NWC.

Calvin Lyn, proprietor of Lyn’s Funeral home said that a town crier would be more effective than a bulletin in the print or electronic media.

President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Wendy Freckleton told the Observer that she has tried unsuccessfully to get information from the NWC on behalf of concerned residents.

“The business community is disturbed by the lack of water supply. What we want is for the NWC to put a system in place and communicate to the public when they will be trucking water to their area so that they can prepare for it,” she said.

The release from NWC stated that water would be trucked to the affected areas until the situation was resolved.

But Justice of the Peace Cecil Buchanan of Hibiscus Gardens, off the Winston Jones Highway, said that when he called the office Monday morning he was told he would not be able to get water trucked to his home this week.  

“(The NWC is) very, very tardy. They need to take the customers into consideration rather than give excuses and promises,” he said.

Meanwhile Mayor of Mandeville Brenda Ramsay said that the Manchester Parish Council has had to come to the assistance of the government entities, such as the police station and the courthouse, in getting water.

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