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Walford encourages residents to conserve water as drought persists

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM

MEMBER OF Parliament for South West St Ann, Keith Walford, has appealed to residents in communities in the Dry Harbour Mountains of the parish to increase water-conservation efforts as the drought that started late last year continues.

In a release last Friday, Walford said affected persons depend largely on rainfall for water as there is no running water in those communities.

He said the problem has become more chronic since the start of the year and he has had to be trucking at least five tanks of water, almost on a daily basis, to affected communities.

"The problem is further compounded by the fact that there is no Rapid Response unit or truck available at the St Ann Parish Council to effectively supply the various

communities and schools," Walford said.

He urged residents to conserve as this will assist in reducing the need for the precious commodity. He also encouraged residents to recycle water wherever possible.