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Water restrictions coming - NWC

Published:Sunday | June 24, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The National Water Commission (NWC) is warning that the limited rainfall in May and June has resulted in low yields from a number of water-supply sources and has forced it to implement nightly water restrictions for some customers.

According to the NWC, customers served by the Hermitage, Constant Spring and Hope water supply systems in the Corporate Area, as well as customers served by another 92 of its 460 systems islandwide, will experience some disruption in their supplies.

The NWC is also reporting an increase in the demand for its water in some areas of the country as a result both of the hot, dry conditions and alternative community sources drying up.

These drier-than-normal conditions have forced the NWC to implement various water-management measures.

Among the mitigation efforts are measures to access additional sources of water for treatment and distribution, minimising existing sources of supply, and a reduction in losses from the systems.

The NWC has also vowed to improve its capacity to share water from least-affected systems with worst-affected systems.

However, the NWC warns that it will have to reduce water distribution, in keeping with the declining rates of inflow and alternating distribution, where different areas are on schedule for specific hours or days.