JPS and NWC to Continue Restoration Activities on the Weekend

first_imgThe island’s two major utility companies, the National Water Commission (NWC) and Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), will be continuing restoration activities over the weekend, in an effort to return water and electricity to customers, affected by the passage of Hurricane Sandy. Vice President of the NWC, David Geddes, told JIS News today (Oct. 26), that  approximately 55 per cent ofproduction capacity is back in operation, about 150 water supply systems are still out of service. “The most critically affected areas without piped water supply (are) sections of Mona, Liguanea, Papine and other sections of St. Andrew and that is because of the absence of electrical power to transfer water from Mona to the Hope filter plant. Meanwhile, Communications Manager at JPS, Winsome Callum, said that the power company is nearing total restoration for all north and south-western parishes, but still faces difficulties in the eastern parishes. “Those would be St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann on the north-eastern end of the island because these four parishes lost total power supply as a result of damage to the transmission system. They expect that restoration activities will continue into the weekend,” she told JIS News. JPS continues to ask its customers for patience as it works to restore electricity to all parishes within the shortest time possible. By Vaughn Davis, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Relief Grants Presented To Flood Victims

first_img Speaking at the Ministry’s parish office in Port Antonio, Portland, where cheques were presented to the beneficiaries, the Minister commended them for their patience, and called for “wise” use of the funds. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, on Friday (February 2), presented relief grants to residents of sections of Portland and St. Mary who were severely affected by floods in January.Approximately 112 residents in Portland, and 101 residents of St. Mary were identified as needing additional assistance, as they had already received some help when supplies were airlifted to them during the heavy rains.Speaking at the Ministry’s parish office in Port Antonio, Portland, where cheques were presented to the beneficiaries, the Minister commended them for their patience, and called for “wise” use of the funds.“Use what you have received to build back normalcy to your lives,” Mrs. Robinson encouraged, explaining that the investigation and assessment of the damage took time to complete, due to the severity of the problem.She also praised the staff at the parish offices who, despite their own dislocation caused by the floods, responded in a timely manner to reach the public, so that the relief agencies could arrange help.The Minister said that with the rains continuing, many families and “certain communities” are still at risk, and the residents should stay alert in case they have to take action to protect themselves. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, on Friday (February 2), presented relief grants to residents of sections of Portland and St. Mary who were severely affected by floods in January. Story Highlights The Minister said that with the rains continuing, many families and “certain communities” are still at risk, and the residents should stay alert in case they have to take action to protect themselves.last_img read more