No water in over 40 communities -- NMC cites system failure

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The National Water Commission (NWC) says large sections of the Corporate Area now have no water or intermittent periods of low water pressure because of a combination of issues that have worsened in rerent days.

It says there is a major break on the Ferry/Mandela transmission pipeline in an area that is effectively inaccessible as it is under approximately 35 feet of dirt and road construction material.

The NWC says every effort is being made to fast-track the completion of a new replacement pipeline already being constructed as part of the road improvement project because all other options are not practical.

According to the Commission, it had considered constructing a temporary by-pass pipeline but this would require 1 mile of pipes, would be costly and could take months before completion.

The NWC says in the interim, water from other systems such as the Rio Cobre/Tulloch Springs, Havendale, Forest Hills, Constant Spring, Mona and Hope systems is being shared and re-directed to make up for the loss of the water from the Ferry System.

"This has deprived the Commission of about five million gallons of water per day," said an NWC spokesperson referring to the break in the Ferry/Mandela pipeline.

It has also disconnected a major source of supply to the following areas:

Cooreville Gardens

Duhaney Park

Washington Gardens

Patrick City

Ziadie Gardens

State Gardens

Molynes Gardens

Moreton Park

Olympic Way

New Haven

Coburn Gardens

Seaview Gardens

Washington Boulevard

Dunrobin Avenue​

Molynes Road

The NWC is also reporting that frequent breaks on the series of major pipelines along Constant Spring Road as a result of ongoing road construction.

It says this often forces the shut-down of the Constant Spring Water Treatment Plant several times each week.

The following areas are being affected:

Constant Spring Gardens


Cherry Gardens


Manor Park


Eastwood Park Gardens

Molynes Road

Waltham Park Road

Olympic Way

Bay Farm Road

Hagley Park Road

Dunrobin Avenue

Calabar Mews

Ziadie Gardens

State Gardens

Mannings Hill Road

Red Hills Road

Constant Spring Road

Half Way Tree

Valentine Gardens



Roehampton ​

In the meantime, the NWC says frequent breaks on the Spanish Town Road major pipelines have been requiring shut-downs to effect repairs.

Areas impacted by this issue include:

Cooreville Gardens

Sections of Spanish Town Road and all roads leading off

Sections of Three Miles area

Downtown Kingston

Marcus Garvey Drive

Newport East and surrounding areas