NWC promises water for the city of Hanover following protests | News

The National Water Commission (NWC) has promised to return water to residents of eastern Hanover by around March 10.

This follows a second large protest on Monday by angry residents of several farming communities. Andrew Canon, head of corporate communications at NWC, said THE STAR that the company had encountered unforeseen difficulties while repairing a pump.

“We fixed the pump and the pump is now being reinstalled,” he said. “That includes, you know, having it in a proper cage structure made up of concrete and materials, and the concrete and cement that we mix will need time to dry.” Canon said that while crews were working, NWC was trucking water to affected communities.

“I must point out that we start trucking from Monday where customers in Shettlewood are to be served. Tuesday will be at Chester Castle. Wednesday will be Haughton Grove and Ramble and Miles Town. For Thursday it will be Chester Castle. Copse and for Friday it’s Addo, Ramble and Shettlewood again,” he said.

Canon also said customers can call its Westmoreland office at 876-955-2652 or 876-955-2657 to get water by truck.

Monday’s protest began as early as 6 a.m., with more than 100 angry locals setting up various roadblocks along the main Chester Castle and Shettlewood roads. They used a variety of objects including large rocks, empty steel water tanks and old devices to mount several massive blockades. With private motorists and taxi operators unable to cross the carriageway, commuters found themselves stranded. Residents first staged a protest last Thursday.

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