Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for the Lluidas Vale Division in St Catherine, Joel Williams, said he will write to Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the National Water Commission (NWC) in an effort to have piped water restored in the Tydixon area.
“For years, we have the water main running through the community and deteriorating, but there is no water,” he told The Beacon, adding that the community has been facing a serious drought issue.
“We have serious drought in Tydixon, and we want to address the water problem; it is of urgency… I am putting all emphasis on getting water in the pipe, and I plan to write to the prime minister and write to the State agencies to make it a point of my duty that – if nothing else, we get water into Tydixon.”
It is understood that the water was cut off years ago due to the non-payment of bills.
Williams stated that the NWC did an assessment and wrote of some outstanding bills as part of the process in having the problem rectified.
He however claimed that the agency is taking an inordinate amount of time to complete the restoration process.
“We have been in constant dialogue with the National Water Commission, but I don’t know what is the holdback – why they are taking so long to put water in the pipe. Without water in Tydixon or any community, we cannot go forward or progress. I know farming is our main source of income here; water is life,” added Williams, who recently was selected to represent the JLP in Lluidas Vale Division.
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