Saturday 15 August, 2020

Watering of gardens and lawns prohibited in some areas as of July 9

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Jamaicans who live and work in areas currently being impacted by drought conditions will be faced with more restrictive water supply schedules, the National Water Commission (NWC) has announced.

The water utility said the prohibition order will take effect on Thursday, July 9 and will remain in force until further notice. It said the measure has become necessary in areas where its systems are being impacted by the worsening drought.

Among the offences that will be punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 30 days are:

- Watering of gardens, lawns, grounds and farms.

- Refilling of tanks, ponds, or swimming pools for use other than normal domestic services.

- Washing of vehicles by the use of a hose.

- Watering or washing roadways, pavements, paths, garages.

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

The prohibition order is in addition to steps already taken by the NWC to ensure that there is a continued supply of water to its customers. These include the scheduling of water at specific times each day to various communities.

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