04 Jun 2019
The National Works Agency (NWA) has commenced drain-cleaning activities under the Government of Jamaica’s pre-hurricane mitigation programme. Approximately $100 million dollars will be spent on maintaining drains across the island. According to NWA Communication and Customer Services Manager, Stephen Shaw, drain cleaning works have already begun in several parishes, while programmes are currently being finalized to treat with other locations. Mr. Shaw explains that the drain cleaning contracts include both de-bushing works as well as the carting away of material removed from the channels. Activities under the programme will continue over the next few weeks. The GoJ’s pre-hurricane mitigation programme is the first of three routine drain-cleaning activities, which the NWA undertakes during each calendar year. The Agency will again carry out maintenance works on sections of the island’s drain network during the next six months as well as after the hurricane season ends.