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  • ODPEM is urging citizens to continue to conserve water, despite expectations that the drought period the country is now experiencing, may end in coming months.
  • Projections from the Meteorological Service indicate that there will be higher than expected levels of rainfall for the coming months.
  • Water storage level at the Mona Reservoir, and the Hermitage Dam falling to the critically low 36 per cent, and 20 per cent of capacity, respectively.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is urging citizens to continue to conserve water, despite expectations that the drought period the country is now experiencing, may end in coming months.

In a release, Acting Director General of the ODPEM Richard Thompson says that although projections from the Meteorological Service indicate that there will be higher than expected levels of rainfall for the coming months, it is important that citizens maintain vigilance in their conservation activities.

“The sustainability of livelihood, good health, hygiene and sanitation among citizens is highly dependent on a nation’s ability to manage its water resources. Although we are now emerging from the dry season it is still important that we support the National Water Commission in its drive to ensure that the country is properly supplied with water,” he explained.

The NWC has advised that continuing decline in inflows to its major water supply facilities in the Corporate Area have resulted in the water storage level at the Mona Reservoir, and the Hermitage Dam falling to the critically low 36 per cent, and 20 per cent of capacity, respectively.

The NWC further advises that while it is doing the best it can in a challenging situation, customers are urged to be understanding, to expect disruptions, and to do all they can to store and conserve water.

The ODPEM is therefore reminding persons to adhere to water conservation tips such as, limiting showers to the time it takes to wet the body and rinse off the lather, as a typical shower uses five to 10 gallons of water per minute. Persons are also advised not to leave the water running for rinsing, while washing dishes. Instead, fill one side of the sink with soapy water, and the other with water for rinsing. A container can also be kept on hand, with water for rinsing.

Citizens are also urged to limit the washing of cars and watering of lawns, as using a hose to wash cars, driveways and sidewalks could waste gallons of water. The ODPEM says it is best to do this from a pan or basin.