When I tell you that this Minister really irks me, I am being extremely mild in the emotion I am describing. If I fail to pay my water bill, I will fail to receive any water and the NWC will take pleasure in disconnecting me. Reading this piece below, it appears the Minister is ‘begging’ the people all of 24,000 to make some kind of payment. Is this ‘real life’ or is it a comedic ‘play’?
The Island of St Kitts and Nevis has fewer than 60,000 habitants and here we have almost half of that amount living on free water. ‘Freeness’ mentality ‘tun up an jus ago up up up’. Did you not recall NWC’s proposal to the OUR in which they were seeking to increase their rates? I wonder how many other Parishes are in the same boat as St Elizabeth? What kind of ‘dolly house’ governorship is taking place on the Roc?
We have heard it repeatedly and it is a saying I quote regularly as it is the absolute truth; ‘those who play by the rules get shafted’. I am totally disgusted as I abhor the entitlement, freeness and eat a food mentality with zero contribution that is being sanctioned in this Country.
24,000 delinquent NWC customers in St Elizabeth — Pickersgill
(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, July 19, 2015 | 9:57 AM
ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill is appealing to residents in St Elizabeth to bring their outstanding accounts up-to-date, under the National Water Commission’s (NWC) new debt forgiveness programme.
Speaking to journalists during a tour of improvement works on the Santa Cruz Water Supply System, on Thursday, Pickersgill said payments of outstanding water bills would guarantee better water supply for all persons.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that it costs the NWC money to put in the necessary infrastructure to collect, treat, pump and distribute the water to you. It is not a cheap process and so I am urging all customers in St Elizabeth who receive service from the NWC, to pay your water bills promptly,” Pickersgill said.
He informed that approximately 24,000 customers/accounts from within the South East, South West, North East and North West constituencies of St Elizabeth are now outstanding totalling $870 million.
“I remind you all that if each one pays your outstanding water bills, then we all could receive better service resulting in each of us carrying lighter burdens. I therefore ask that you encourage your friends and neighbours to pay their bills as well, as it is the right thing to do,” he said.
Improvement works are presently being carried out on the Santa Cruz Water Supply System at a cost of over $38 million, which on completion, would provide improved water supply service for an additional 23,000 residents.