The Jamaican government is calling on the National Water Commission (NWC) to urgently respond to desperate water problems facing several sections of the constituency.
Hype Life Magazine understands that schools, residential areas and farmers are being badly affected.
The NWC says that customers in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) served by the Hermitage/Constant Spring, Mona, Hope, and Seaview systems will, with immediate effect, receive water supplies on “alternating days”.
NWC, in a release on July 6, said that the water restriction was forced by the rapid decline in inflows to the systems.
The new water management plan means that areas which are supplied on a Tuesdays will then be supplied again on the subsequent Thursdays and Saturdays, while the areas supplied on the Wednesdays of that week will be supplied again on the subsequent Fridays and Sundays, the NWC announced.
While some areas in the Corporate Area will continue to receive supplies daily, either based on the system that serves them or where they are located on the network, most areas will now receive water every other day, the NWC added.
At the same time, the NWC said that areas encountering challenges in receiving supplies will be serviced by trucks.
The National Water Commission (NWC) is currently discussing options for further water restrictions amidst a decrease in the water supply levels.
Corporate Public Relations Manager at the NWC, Charles Buchanan says the agency is monitoring the situation closely and will advise of any further restrictions.
Buchanan says the matter was raised at a drought management meeting held July 27 by the leadership of the utility company.
Buchanan says water levels at reservoirs which serve the Kingston and St Andrew area have been falling continuously since the advent of the drought.
He says the rate of decline in water levels has been contained since the introductions of the restrictions.
However, Buchanan says the situation remains serious at the Mona Reservoir and Hermitage Dam.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, RADA, Lenworth Fulton, is warning consumers to brace for higher prices for fresh farm produce, as the persistent drought has begun to affect farmers.
Mr. Fulton says there’s already a shortage of some popular farm items.
Mr. Fulton says RADA is implementing various strategies to mitigate the problem being faced by farmers, including the increased use of greenhouse facilities and more aggressive rainwater harvesting.
He says RADA may have to recommend that imports be used to make up for the shortfall of locally grown items.