The National Water Commission (NWC) said it has launched an investigation into allegations that some of its employees in the Kellits area of Clarendon are corruptly preventing water from flowing into some communities in order to earn from private trucking of the commodity.
Member of Parliament for Clarendon Northern, Horace Dalley, made the allegation this week as pressure mounts on him and the NWC to address the chronic shortage of piped water in several communities in the constituency.
NWC Vice-President for Divisional Operations East, Michael Dunn, told The Beacon that the allegations are serious, adding that the entity cannot condone such behaviour if it truly exists.
“I am going to make sure that I get to the bottom of this to see if there is any truth to these allegations. If there is any truth, then we will take the requisite step, because we have some systems in place to deal with issues of that sort. We cannot condone that kind of behaviour if it does exist,” he declared.
“I have asked for an investigation to be conducted and a report provided to me.”
Asked if similar allegations have emerged from other parts of the island, the NWC Vice-President said: “I have no evidence that it is happening in St Catherine and all over the island… I am hearing of this for the very first time.”
Dunn further noted that the NWC does trucking to some areas, but that service is free of cost.
He, in the meantime, said Clarendon Northern is among places currently facing drought conditions.
“We are experiencing a drought situation in several parts of the island. In Northern Clarendon, it is not different,” Dunn said, adding that the NWC is not averse to meeting with residents affected by the water shortage in and around Kellits.
“Although there has always been challenge in Kellits for one reason or the other, I can’t see that people have not been receiving water for months. Once the plant is up and running, we try to regulate water as equitably as possible,” Dunn further said.
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