NWC systems affected by dry spell

It has been revealed that 80 National Water Commission (NWC), supply systems across the island have now been affected by the lingering dry spell.
Charles Buchanan, Corporate Public Relations Manager at NWC, disclosed that its system in Higgin Town in St. Ann has been extremely affected as the water source has dried up.
Mr. Buchanan noted that in other parishes, there have been major decreases in water supplies by as much as between 75 and 80 per cent. 
Among the parishes most severely affected by drought conditions are Portland, St. Mary, St. Ann, St. Thomas, Clarendon as well as Kingston and St. Andrew.
News came earlier this week that the water level at the Hermitage Dam in St. Andrew had declined to 35 per cent.
The catchment facility was at 42.5 per cent of capacity late last month.
Meanwhile, several sections of the Corporate Area will experience a disruption in water supply on Saturday due to emergency pipeline works by the NWC.
The disruption will be between 8:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m.
This is part of the NWC's Non-Revenue Water Reduction Programme.
It involves the installation of valves and meters in sections of  downtown Kingston.
Mr. Buchanan told JIS News that the project is being carried out with co-management partners, Miya International.
The project involves the installation of 2,200 new valves on the network.   

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