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Water levels critically low at Hermitage dam

Published:Wednesday | April 9, 2014 | 2:33 PM

The National Water Commission (NWC) says the water level at the Hermitage dam is now critically low.

In an advertisement in The Gleaner today, the NWC says the continued drought affecting the sections of the country has resulted in the water level falling to 21 per cent.

It says the storage levels at another facility, the Mona Reservoir is now at 37 per cent.

The NWC says the continued drought has forced it to impose nightly restrictions and reduced daytime water pressure in many sections of the Corporate Area.

It says these restrictions are aimed at reducing the rate of decline of storage and to respond to any extreme case of emergency.

The NWC says it is urging customers to be patient and understanding in those areas impacted by the restrictions.

It says in this period of severe water shortage, everyone needs to adjust and make do with less water.

The NWC also says voluntary personal conservation can go a far way in saving water for another day or for use by others in need.

Among the measures it’s urging Jamaicans to take to conserve water is the repairing of leaking pipes; re-using or recycling of water; replacing devices that waste water and reducing water use wherever possible.


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