High alkaline content affects water supply in Spanish Town

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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THE National Water Commission (NWC) said last night that the Spanish Town Treatment Plant was impacted by a high alkaline content detected in water inflows to the plant on Monday.

The NWC, in a release, said in its initial report, an error was made in reporting that the samples detected were acidic.

“However, based on actual test results of the samples obtained, the reddish – brown-coloured water taken at intake source showed ph values between 9.2 and 9.6. Operations at the plant had been halted since this poor quality of water was detected at the intake section of the plant,” the release said.

The NWC said further investigations so far have shown that the problem was being caused by the quality of effluent that is being discharged into the river source that serves the plant.

The company said it was the second such incident this month as a similar issue forced water supply disruptions across the Spanish Town area on October 4.

“Currently, water quality within the river source is being monitored to facilitate the restart of operations once the conditions are suitable for distribution of water supply,” said the NWC.

Affected areas include: Spanish Town, Westmore, Hampton Green, Lakemoor Gardens, Newton Avenue, Nugent Street, McCoy's Land, Mayfair Mews, Brunswick Avenue, Job's Lane, White Water Meadows, Hartlands, McCook's Pen, Leiba Gardens, Sydenham Gardens, Wedge Wood Gardens, Willowdene Housing Scheme and Hopedale Housing Scheme.

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