Lower water bills expected as NWC improves infrastructure

Customers of Jamaica's National Water Commission (NWC) could see a reduction in their bills as a result of infrastructure programmes being pursued by the entity.

One of the more immediate ones, which is awaiting approval from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), is the J$8 billion programme for tanks and pumps. Through this initiative, the NWC has identified 300 tanks and pumps to rehabilitate so that water can be channelled to storage facilities and then gravity fed to customers.

David Geddes, NWC Vice President for Marketing and Communication, estimates that this will reduce non-revenue water by 20 per cent.

Speaking on RJR's ‘Beyond The Headlines’ on Thursday, he explained that the idea is to get these programmes running efficiently, so an increase in tariff review may not be necessary as costs would be controlled.

This would bring almost immediate benefits to NWC customers, he said.   

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