Tensions are running high among small business and hotel owners in Negril, as the resort town faces another water crisis.
There was a stormy meeting of the Negril Resort Board last evening, as businesspersons faced off with officials of the National Water Commission, NWC.
Some hotel operators and residents in Negril are complaining that they haven’t had water for over a week.
Dalton Hill, who operates Lighthouse Inn on West End Road, demanded answers from the NWC representatives.
The NWC recently spent over USD$12-million on a water project to put Lucea on the Great River Treatment Plant on the border of Hanover and St. James.
This would make water from the Logwood treatment plant in Hanover available to supply Negril. The tourist resort town has been facing a critical shortage of water. The solution appeared to be working until recent weeks.
The NWC’s Regional Water Supply and Distribution Manager, Richard Meggo, says one of the blue holes that supplies the Logwood Plant has dried up as a result of drought conditions.
Meggo says as a result, the NWC has stopped pumping water at night, in order to allow the remaining blue hole to replenish itself.
They’ve also scheduled several water lock-offs.
That may do for now. But another small hotelier, Sophia Grizzle of Charela Inn, asked Mr. Meggo what will happen when two large hotels now under construction open their doors.
So the problem is far from over.