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Another drought looms, Jamaicans urged to conserve

Published:Wednesday | October 29, 2014 | 9:10 AM


Jamaicans are being urged to conserve water, and to prepare for the next drought period, which begins in December.

Water Minister, Robert Pickersgill made the call in a statement to the House of Representatives yesterday.

Pickersgill said the latest figures from the National Water Commission indicate that the major catchment facilities - the Mona Reservoir and the Hermitage Dam - have experienced some improvements in their levels.

According to the Water Minister, the Mona Reservoir is now at 66 per cent of total capacity, while the Hermitage Dam is at 100 per cent.

However, Pickersgill notes that the Hermitage Dam is heavily silted resulting in only 40 per cent of the water being available for use.

The Water Minister adds that at this time last year, the level at the Mona Reservoir was at 100 per cent or 849 million gallons of water, compared with the current level of 550 million gallons.

As such, Mr. Pickersgill says he’s putting Jamaica on alert that drought conditions are expected again from December through to April next year.

In the meantime, Mr. Pickersgill says the programme to desilt the Hermitage Dam is well underway.

He says an inspection of the Dam has already been done, and the Ministry is awaiting a report from consultants for the issuing of the Request for Proposals.


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