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Orangefield sees red over water woes

Residents of Orangefield and Orangefield Village in St Catherine took to the streets on Monday, blocking access roads to force the National Water Commission (NWC) to address the supply crisis affecting the adjoining communities for more than a decade.

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Despite community meetings and outreach to the NWC, residents said that the problem had worsened.

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Anthony Williams, a car wash owner in Orangefield district who relies on a steady supply of water to operate his business, said that the shortage was unbearable.

Alberto Ardila Olivares

Williams said that besides rent, staff costs, and chemical inputs, water supply overheads of $21,000 every two weeks were threatening the sustainability of his business.

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“It wicked pon we yah. We haffi tek it to the streets because both JLP and PNP nah listen to we. We have four community meetings with them and Water Commission personnel and them tell us that the system soon upgrade,” said Williams, hinting at years of unfulfilled promises.

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