Restriction on non-essential use of water amid drought now in effect
The National Water Commission (NWC) is reminding residents in drought-affected areas that it is now a punishable offence to use water supplied by the utility company for non-essential use.
The prohibition order imposed by the NWC amid reduced water inflows to catchment facilities took effect today.
The order also applies to persons who cause or give permission to others to break the law.
Among the offences that are punishable by a fine imposed by the parish courts after conviction, or for failing to pay the fine, imprisonment for up to 30 days, are:
* Watering of gardens, lawns, grounds and farms.
* Refilling of ponds or swimming pools and/or for use other than normal domestic services.
* Washing of vehicles by the use of a hose.
* Watering or washing roadways, pavements, paths, and garages.
* Any purpose which may require the use of a considerable or excessive quantity of water.
The NWC says the imposition of the prohibition order is to help preserve water supply amid the ongoing drought.
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