July 29, 2020
More residents in the Standpipe community of St. Andrew are going the route of accessing legal electricity supply. Of the over 400 households, 300 are legal customers with several of the remaining residents taking active steps to receive safe and legal electricity.
Earlier this year, JPS through its Community Renewal Programme, reached out to the community, encouraging regularization and installing the new Residential Advanced Metering Infrastructure to reduce the likelihood of illegal and unsafe connections. The Company also set up a Temporary Office inside the community, some days of the week – as needed – for residents’ convenience. JPS personnel have also been conducting energy management training in the community and swapping out incandescent bulbs with new LED bulbs, as it welcomes new persons on the grid.
With the installation of the new infrastructure now complete, the Company has begun to move residents from the old system to the new one. Persons who have not regularized their supply, will not have the opportunity to continue illegally.
While the transition to the new system is expected to be completed by August 7, today (July 29), JPS removed a section of the old network, which posed a serious safety hazard to customers. The removed section had some illegal connections. The Company will continue to place safety as the primary priority throughout the transition to the new system. The Company is also reminding residents that contractors are not authorized to take funds from them for any reason.
The Community Renewal Programme has successfully intervened in such communities as Majesty Gardens in St. Andrew; Ellerslie Gardens , Tawes Meadows and Red Pond in St. Catherine; and Canaan Heights in Clarendon.
JPS continues to appeal to persons not to interfere with the grid, but rather to become regularized for the safety of their families and personal property. Persons who are not legal customers, may make contact with JPS by calling 888-CALLJPS or via its social media platforms @myjpsonline for more information on regularizing their service.