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  • The National Water Commission (NWC) has reported that there has been a slight increase in the water levels at the Mona Reservoir and the Hermitage Dam, due to the recent rains across the island.
  • “We have seen some changes in our storage level as of yesterday (September 11). We have moved from 26 per cent at the Monna Reservoir to 31 per cent, and from 42 per cent to 44 per cent at the Hermitage Dam within a week,” President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, has said.
  • Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, today (September 12), the President pointed out that the marginal increase is positive; however, it is not enough to significantly address the country’s current water demand.

The National Water Commission (NWC) has reported that there has been a slight increase in the water levels at the Mona Reservoir and the Hermitage Dam, due to the recent rains across the island.

“We have seen some changes in our storage level as of yesterday (September 11). We have moved from 26 per cent at the Monna Reservoir to 31 per cent, and from 42 per cent to 44 per cent at the Hermitage Dam within a week,” President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, has said.

Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, today (September 12), the President pointed out that the marginal increase is positive; however, it is not enough to significantly address the country’s current water demand.

“We did not receive our secondary rain period in May-June, so we have not been receiving adequate amounts of water to help replenish our storage. So, when you come out of the longest dry period, which is from December to April with no rains and we didn’t start receiving rains until this month (September), you can see the severe effects of the dry period on water supply,” he said.

Mr. Barnett explained that if the rainy months produce significant precipitation, the Corporate Area’s water issue is expected to improve, as Kingston heavily utilises surface water.

He said that in addition to focusing on critical institutions, such as hospitals, schools, clinics and police stations, the NWC has been trucking water to residents of affected communities.