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NWC announces new water supply regime

Published:Thursday | April 10, 2014 | 5:48 PM

The National Water Commission has announced a tightened water supply regime for much of the Corporate Area.



And it is warning that it will be further tightened in coming weeks as the water situation worsens.



The areas are to be affected are served by the Hermitage/Constant Spring Water Supply System, the Hope Water Supply System and the Mona Water Supply System.



The NWC says there has been continued declines in inflows from the major rivers that serve the large water supply facilities in the Corporate Area as well as other problems that have developed on the network .



The following areas will be supplied with piped water between 4 a.m and 8 a.m each day and again between 4 p.m and 8 p.m:



*August Town

*Elleston Flats, Bedward Gardens, Tavern

*Hope Pastures

*Beverly Hills

*Mountain View/East Kingston

*Norbrook

*Manor Park down to Grants Pen and Dunrobin



Commercial districts such as New Kingston, Half Way Tree, Cross Roads and downtown Kinston will be supplied primarily between 8 a. m and 4 p.m.



Sections of Portmore served by the Rio Cobre/Tulloch Springs Water supply system will be supplied between 5 p.m and 8 a.m.



The NWC says the water storage level at the Mona Reservoir has dropped to 36 per cent and the Hermitage Dam has fallen to the critically low 20 per cent of capacity.



It says the rivers supplying the Hermitage/ Constant Spring Water Supply system are providing a mere 6 million gallons per day when the need is for 14-16 million gallons.



Similarly, 6 million gallons is needed at Hope but only about 3 million is being received.



At Mona, 7.5 million gallons is being received when 14 million gallons is needed.



The NWC says this deficit of supply against demand has forced it to impose restrictions which may have to be intensified over the next days and weeks.



"The result is that many customers in the Corporate Area, depending on their source of supply, their elevation and location on the network as well as

other variables, will experience periods of no piped water supply and or low water pressure," the NWC said.



The Commission says while it is doing its best in a difficult situation, customers should expect irregularities in the supply.



It is also urging customers to store water when available and to conserve on the commodity.



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