Member of Parliament for Clarendon Northern Horace Dalley has called for the transfer of questionable people employed to the National Water Commission (NWC), adding that such persons are corruptly leaving a number of communities in his constituency without piped water.
He claimed that some employees of the state-owned entity are in collusion with operators of private water trucks, and so they prevent NWC water from flowing into some communities, thereby forcing residents to purchase from the water trucks.
NWC workers, in turn, earn from the trucks, Dalley further asserted.
“Every truck of water they sell, they get $1000 off it, so they lock off the water in some places. They know that the most affluent people live in the scheme [area of Croft’s Hill], so scheme people have to be buying water… The boys who regulate the water – who are turning the valve, collect money from every truck-load of water they sell. Ask any citizen up there; they will tell you,” the parliamentarian said.
To strengthen his case about the suspicious distribution of NWC water, Dalley further told The Beacon: “Water up at Guava Ground and there is no water in Long Ground. Part of Corner have water; part nuh have nuh water. Hickery nuh have nuh water, and the water a pass goh somewhere else. No man… There is no water in St John since Labour Day.”
Dalley, in the meantime, said the NWC should immediately transfer the workers who regulate the supply of water in and around Kellits.
“When my party was in power, I could have gone to my minister and tell them, ‘Look here, switch them (NWC workers) around; send this batch to May Pen or send them somewhere else and change it round’. That is what I am begging them to do right now – change the crew every six months,” Dalley told The Beacon.
He further reasoned that, in a time like now when the water pressure is generally low, the NWC needs workers who are willing to properly distribute the precious commodity.
“If you have a little bit of water, give Hickery today, give St John tomorrow, give the scheme [in Croft’s Hill] let dem full up dem things, then turn it to Kellits, etcetera,” Dalley further advised.
By Horace Mills, Journalist
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