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NWC implements drought contingency measures

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2009 | 12:54 PM

The National Water Commission (NWC) is now moving to implement contingency measures to help Jamaicans cope with the severe drought conditions now affecting the island.

The drought conditions have resulted in the Hermitage Dam reaching 27 per cent of its capacity.

Corporate Communications Manager at the NWC, Charles Buchanan said the measures will include diversion of some water supplies to communities experiencing water shortages in corporate area.

Mr Buchanan said strategies would also be put in place to supply water to rural areas.

He’s further encouraging customers to conserve and adhere to the water restrictions for non-essential use, which were enforced yesterday.

It’s now an offence to irrigate and water gardens and lawns, fill ponds, baths, as well as swimming pools and elevated reserve tanks exceeding 200 gallons.

Restrictions have also been placed on the watering or washing of roadways, pavements, paths, garages, motor vehicles or any other purpose, which may require the use of a considerable quantity of water.

Persons found violating this prohibition notice may be fined or imprisoned for up to 30 days.