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  • Head of the Meteorological Service, Jeffery Spooner, is encouraging Jamaicans to remain vigilant in their use of water as the island continues to experience below normal rainfall.
  • Mr. Spooner said there should be no easing of conservation measures, even during the Christmas season. “I would not recommend any relaxation at all not even at Christmas. We should conserve on the use of the water and use it just for your required needs,” he stated.
  • He noted that while there are some intermittent showers, brought on by frontal systems that impact the island, the projection is for below normal conditions to continue into 2015.

Head of the Meteorological Service, Jeffery Spooner, is encouraging Jamaicans to remain vigilant in their use of water as the island continues to experience below normal rainfall.

His call comes on the heels of an appeal from Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, for persons to continue to conserve water.

Mr. Spooner said there should be no easing of conservation measures, even during the Christmas season. “I would not recommend any relaxation at all not even at Christmas. We should conserve on the use of the water and use it just for your required needs,” he stated.

Mr. Spooner was speaking with JIS News following a recent heads of agencies and departments meeting at the Ministry.

He informed that the island received some 121 millimetres of rainfall in October, which is approximately 51 per cent of expected normal rainfall for the month.

He noted that while there are some intermittent showers, brought on by frontal systems that impact the island, the projection is for below normal conditions to continue into 2015.

“Southern parishes, in particular, are expected to continue to receive below normal rainfall and might plunge into drought conditions and some might remain into early next year when the dry season takes effect,” he told JIS News.

Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Clarendon and St. Mary, he informed, are among the worst affected parishes.

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