Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Mona, Hermitage at full capacity but water restrictions continue

Persistent and heavy rainfall over recent weeks has resulted in the two main catchment/storage facilities of the National Water Commission (NWC) being at full capacity.

As of Wednesday, October 21, the Mona Reservoir had a full 808.5 million gallons of water while the Hermitage Dam was level at 395.5 million gallons.

However, despite being at capacity, the NWC’s website still lists daily water restriction schedules across a wide swathe of communities in the Corporate Area and parts of Portmore, St Catherine.

This has left some customers complaining that despite the increased rainfall, they still have to do without water for a significant portion of each day.

The NWC has explained that high turbidity levels associated with increased rainfall affect water supply systems, therefore there is not an automatic increase in water supply after a period of heavy rains.

Turbidity is a critical measurement for drinking water plants, and can be affected by the presence of microscopic particles such as clay, silt and other fine, undissolved matters.

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