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Why has NWC neglected Bamboo, St Ann?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Free Hill is a small community in Bamboo nestled in the cool hills of St Ann. Its breathtaking, panoramic view spans the north coast inclusive of hotels, beaches and just about everything therein. At nights, which are usually cool, bordering cold, the view is enough to keep you up for hours, and rivals that of any lookout point in Kingston/St Andrew.

Residents enjoy the services of the Jamaica Public Service Company; however, they are left foraging for water, especially in the absence of rainfall.

My question to the Government, and particularly the National Water Commission (NWC), is: Why is it that in this day and age there are communities that still cannot access running water, even by way of a standpipe?

Regardless of how many highways a country can boast, or how much infrastructural development takes place in metropolitan areas, I doubt the Government can properly lay claim to overall growth on their national agenda when the average citizen is still without basic amenities.

Instead of more highways and high-rise buildings, I firmly believe that the NWC should make it top priority to equip several communities a year with running water.

After all, the residents of Free Hill are taxpaying, voting citizens, and could do well without having to watch and pray for the next rainfall.

Van Jackson


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