NWC imposes islandwide water restrictions

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) has imposed a number of restrictions for its customers across the island, effective May 24.

NWC, in an advertisement placed in the Jamaica Observer today, said a deficiency in the supply of water owing to drought affecting sections of the island has forced the entity employ more stringent water conservation measures.

NWC is prohibiting islandwide: irrigation and watering of gardens, lawns, grounds and farms; refilling or supplying of tanks, ponds, or swimming pools and/or for use other than normal domestic services such as drinking, cooking, washing, bathing and sanitation; washing of vehicles by use of a hose; watering or washing roadways, pavements, paths, garages or outrooms; any purpose which may require the use of a considerable or excessive quantity of water.

NWC said the restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

“While the prohibition is in effect, no person shall use or cause or permit to be used any water supplied by or obtained from the pipes of NWC for any of the purposes specified in the notice,” the NWC advertisement said.

The Commission said a breach of these restrictions will result in a fine or 30 days imprisonment.

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