The National Water Commission (NWC) in Jamaica will be writing off the debt of some customers who have been severely affected by the recent drought conditions.
Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. made the announcement during a press conference at his New Kingston offices on Tuesday (September 24).
“The Government does recognise that this prolonged drought has had an intense impact on several communities. Residents in communities that were subjected to the frequent and prolonged service disruptions will be the beneficiaries of a bill redemption system under very specific conditions, and through specific procedures,” he said.
“The NWC will be collaborating with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to deliver a debt write-off to residents of the most hard-hit communities, and, so far, the NWC has written off in excess of $50 million from these communities,” he noted.
For his part, NWC President, Mark Barnett, said the write-off will cost between $100 million and $150 million.
He said the notifications to customers who will benefit from the measure will be done through the Revenue Department of the NWC. He said that customers’ accounts will be adjusted internally and they will not have to visit the NWC offices.