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NWC ready to enforce nationwide car washing ban as Mona Reservoir, Hermitage Dam levels drop

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2015 | 10:21 AM

The National Water Commission (NWC) has indicated that it is now ready to begin enforcing the nationwide ban on the washing of cars and other non-essential use of the scarce commodity.

This disclosure by NWC officials comes amid concerns about the worsening drought conditions across the island.

Up to yesterday, the NWC said the water level at the Mona Reservoir was at 28 per cent and 38 per cent at the Hermitage Dam.

Last week the NWC issued a prohibition notice barring citizens from watering lawns and washing vehicles, among other non-essential activities.

Acting President of the NWC Mark Barnett told journalists yesterday that the utility company met with the police on Monday and shared details of the law with them.

He says a framework has now been worked out on how the prohibition will be enforced.

However, the commission’s Corporate Public Relations Manager, Charles Buchanan, explains that the NWC will first seek to encourage voluntary compliance before prosecuting people for violating the Prohibition Order.

 

Public Relations Manager at the NWC Charles Buchanan