As areas in Jamaica continues to face water shortage, The National Water Commission (NWC) has implemented a water restriction that will run for 12 hours intervals across the Corporate Area daily.
Today marks day one of the 12 hours restrictions, which NWC said is a measure it had to enforce due to the worsening drought conditions. The lock-offs, which are necessary to maintain continuous water in the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
According to a report from Nationwide News, The Commission estimates that the water level at the Hermitage Dam is currently 63.5 per cent, while the reservoir at Mona has dropped to 76%.
Starting at 6:00 a.m. this morning, communities Dunrobin Avenue, Moreton Park, St Andrew Park, Sections of Molynes Road between Half Way Tree and Washington Boulevard, Waltham Park Road, Half Way Tree, Half Way Tree Road and roads leading off, Kencot and Crossroads area, Eastwood Park Gardens, Molynes Road, Hagley Park Road and roads leading off, are all affected.
Later this evening at 6:00 p.m. to tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m., the communities that will be affected by the lock-offs are Sections of Constant Spring Road and roads leading off, including Constant Spring Gardens, Dunrobin Avenue, Old Church Road, Annette Crescent and section Waterloo, Red Hills Road and roads leading off and Manning’s Hill Road and roads leading off, Whitehall, Roehampton, Honey Hill, Campbell Boulevard, Valentine Gardens, Arlene Gardens, sections of Molynes Road, Perkins Boulevard, Havendale, Meadowbrook, Queensborough, Queensbury, Sections of Patrick City and environs, Sections of Duhaney Park and Pembroke Hall.
Continuing from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the third set of communities to experience the lock-offs are Hope Pastures, Mona, Liguanea and sections of Barbican, Kintyre, Gordon Town and Mona Heights, Goldsmith and August Town.
As reported by Nationwide News, the NWC stated that trucking arrangements would be made to assist people who cannot be reached by the piped network. The NWC is pleading with customers to do their part to lessen the effects of the drought by practising conservation measures.