NWC says restriction on non-essential use of water amid drought now in effect
Water trickles from a pipe.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) is reminding residents in drought-affected areas that non-essential use of water supplied by the entity is now a punishable offence.

The prohibition order was imposed by the NWC on Friday amid reduced water inflows to catchment facilities.

The order also applies to individuals who cause or give permission to others to break the law.

Among the offences that are punishable by a fine imposed by the parish courts after conviction, or for failing to pay the fine, imprisonment for up to 30 days, are:

* Refilling of ponds or swimming pools and/or for use other than normal domestic services.

* Washing of vehicles by the use of a hose.

* Watering or washing roadways, pavements, paths, and garages.

* Watering of gardens, lawns, grounds and farms.

* Any purpose which may require the use of a considerable or excessive quantity of water.

The NWC says the imposition of the prohibition order is to help preserve water supply amid the ongoing drought.

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