August 1, 2019

Water woes in Jamaica’s wettest parish continue, causing an increasing struggle for residents to secure water.

For residents of the Hope Bay Valley in Portland and specifically the communities of Industry and its surroundings, the river that cuts through the valley has always been a source of hydration, however today its banks are dry.

The residents say that since a flood in the area 19 years ago, followed by an extended period of drought, the flow of water through the river has been decreasing, forcing residents to look to higher ground for a source of water. 

This has forced the residents to use another source of water; however, questions are being raised about hygiene. 

Joel Crosskill.