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NWC begins Corporate Area water restrictions amid drought

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2016 | 8:20 AM
The NWC says as of yesterday, water in storage at the Mona Reservoir had declined to 74 per cent and to 63 per cent at the Hermitage Dam.

The National Water Commission (NWC) says it has been forced to reduce water supply in some corporate area communities to just 16 hours per day because of drought conditions.

The NWC says as of yesterday, water in storage at the Mona Reservoir had declined to 74 per cent and to 63 per cent at the Hermitage Dam.

Meanwhile, the NWC says the western end of the island is not experiencing the severe level of water shortage as the Corporate Area.

But the company says the Endeavor and the Mount Carey systems in St James and the Moravia system in Manchester are currently experiencing very low water levels.

The company also says the Bogue Water Supply System in St. Ann has seen a reduced inflow of  2.3 million gallons per day.     

The NWC says a rainfall report by the Meteorological Service shows that in June rainfall in St Mary was 23 per cent of the average amount expected; in Clarendon, it was at 26 per cent; while rainfall in Kingston and St. Andrew was at 41 per cent.

The NWC says it hopes Jamaica will begin to experience improved rainfall in the upcoming months as this would bring much needed relief to a number of areas which are experiencing low water supplies.