The National Water Commission, NWC, is seeking to defend its recent action of disturbing mangroves in a protected area along the Palisadoes main road.

The Jamaica Environment Trust, JET, had chided the NWC for the action saying it did not have a permit from the National Environment and Planning Agency NEPA, to conduct work in that area.

Dr. Theresa Rodriguez Moodie is Chief Executive Officer at JET.

Dr. Theresa Rodriguez Moodie, CEO of the Jamaican Environment Trust.

She says the NWC’s action is an example of how the country says it commits to environmental protection but does the opposite.

However, the NWC says it’s always mindful of the environmental impact of its operations.

It says it’s not the norm for damage to be done to any aspect of the environment when crews undertake necessary work to restore water supply to customers.

In a statement, the NWC says the work it conducted on the pipelines along the Palisadoes, was an exceptional case considering the unique circumstances faced by its crews.

According to the NWC, on July 30, the pipeline was dislocated and that resulted in the loss of water to nearly one thousand residents in the Port Royal community.

It says it could not repair the pipeline without disturbing the mangroves.

The Commission says it was mindful of disfiguring the area and sought to keep damage to a minimum.

It says going forward, the NWC is committing to not only engage more with its environmental partners but to replanting the disturbed mangroves so that they can be restored overtime.