NWC Moves to Improve Negril Water Supply

first_imgNWC Moves to Improve Negril Water Supply EnvironmentApril 4, 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The National Water Commission (NWC) has embarked on several measures to improve water delivery in the Negril area during the short term, and to develop additional sources within 18 months.This was announced by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, while addressing hoteliers and other stakeholders at a function held at Breezes Negril, on April 3.The meeting was held by the Minister to outline strategies being employed by the NWC to alleviate the difficulties being experienced by residents and businesses during the drought affecting the island. One of the measures, the Minister said, is that the NWC is aggressively trying to deal with leaks as they are indentified on the system.Mr. Pickersgill said the NWC is also trying to ensure the effective implementation of a schedule, to ensure that all customers receive some water at least every other day for at least eight hours, and that the Commission is already paying $9 million monthly for the trucking of water, from which it recovers no revenue.“A new loading bay has been established along the Sheffield main road, to reduce the time, cost and difficulties involved in the legal trucking of water, and this is to be fully operational later this week,” the Minister informed.“We are appealing to persons not to support the illegal extraction of water from the system, as this practice is only making a bad situation worse. Furthermore, the quality of water delivered in trucks that are not known to have been sterilized, cannot be guaranteed,” he stated.Other measures to improve water supply in the Negril area are the addition of two Rapid Response trucks; and work currently taking place at the Great River Treatment Plant to get the facility to produce its maximum of 15 million gallons per day, to boost the Logwood system.The Minister said for the longer term, work will be done to expand the water production capacity of the Martha Brae Treatment Plant from 6 million gallons per day to 11 million, as part of the process of having more water on the North Coast to distribute westwards. “This project is scheduled to be completed in about 18 months,” he added.Mr. Pickersgill said that surveyors are currently working in the town of Lucea on preparatory works for an improved pipeline network through the town, to allow for water from the Great River Treatment Plant to come as far as Green Island, and for water from the Logwood Treatment Plant to be dedicated to serving Negril.By Garfield Angus, JIS reporter RelatedNWC Moves to Improve Negril Water Supply RelatedNWC Moves to Improve Negril Water Supplycenter_img RelatedNWC Moves to Improve Negril Water Supply Advertisementslast_img read more

China’s top two taxi-booking apps to merge

first_img Joseph Waring HomeAppsNews China’s top two taxi-booking apps to merge Related Tencent works to keep stakes in US gaming companies China expands app curbs China targets 33 apps for illegal data collection Previous ArticleVisa claims 2015 will be a big year for tokens in mobile paymentsNext ArticleSingTel targets nationwide LTE-A coverage in March Tags center_img Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 FEB 2015 Author Apps Alibaba and Tencent have agreed to merge their taxi-booking apps to create one of the world’s largest transport-hailing services valued at an estimated $6 billion.Alibaba’s Kuaidi Dache (‘speedy taxi’) and Tencent’s Didi Dache have been cutting prices to gain share in the huge Chinese market, where more than 150 million people use their smartphones to book taxis, Reuters reported.According to Analysis International, Didi had a 55 per cent share in December while Kuaidi controlled most of the remainder.The firms said the two services would continue to operate under separate brands, Reuters said.Didi raised $700 million from Tencent and DST, a Russian private equity firm, in December. SoftBank, along with Tiger Global, invested about $600 million in Kuaidi last month.The Japanese operator also has invested $250 million in GrabTaxi (one of the major rivals to Uber and Hailo in Southeast Asia) and $210 million in India’s Ola Cabs.Baidu in December spent as much as $600 million to acquire a minority stake in Uber, which will give it a boost as it looks to expand in China, after focusing on markets in Southeast Asia. AlibabaChinaDidiKuaidiSoftBanktaxi-booking appTencentlast_img read more