Housing developers in Jamaica urged to provide water storage facilities

Jamaica’s National Water Commission President Mark Barrett

President of Jamaica’s National Water Commission (NWC), Mark Barnett, is imploring developers to ensure that adequate water-storage facilities are in place for residents of apartment complexes.

He said that under new measures put in place by the agency, in collaboration with the municipal corporations, developers will be required to ensure that residents have access to ample water supply in order to be connected to the NWC system.

“Based on the certificate of approval issued by the NWC, which is used by the parish councils to grant development approvals, developers will now be mandated to have adequate storage facilities before finally being placed on the NWC network,” he said.

Barnett added, “…in the past, what we’ve found is that some developers take shortcuts when developing storage facilities to serve apartment complexes. If you get an approval for five-day storage on a complex it means you should ensure that a five-day storage supply is built.”

He said that the NWC will continue working in conjunction with the Jamaican authorities to ensure compliance among developers.