JIS News

Story Highlights

  • The recent bouts of rainfall across the island, especially in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA), have resulted in a slight increase in the intake of water to the National Water Commission (NWC) storage facilities.
  • This was noted by Acting President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, at a Heads of Agencies meeting at the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, in Kingston, on August 19.
  • Mr. Barnett told portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, that even though the rains have brought some relief, they have had no significant impact on the storage levels in the Hermitage or Mona reservoirs.

The recent bouts of rainfall across the island, especially in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA), have resulted in a slight increase in the intake of water to the National Water Commission (NWC) storage facilities.

This was noted by Acting President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, at a Heads of Agencies meeting at the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, in Kingston, on August 19.

Mr. Barnett told portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, that even though the rains have brought some relief, they have had no significant impact on the storage levels in the Hermitage or Mona reservoirs.

“The restrictions will remain and that will be enforced until we see some continued improvement.  If the rains continue, then we may revise the schedule we have in place for the Corporate Area,” he said.

Mr. Barnett informed that at the Hermitage facility, some 40 million gallons of water have been added, while at Mona, there has been an increase with inflows from the Yallahs and Hope River intake systems.