The National Water Commission, NWC, is announcing tougher water restrictions as the country continues to grapple with the effects of worsening drought conditions.

In a statement last evening, the NWC says it’s been forced to adjust its supply times to customers who are served by the Mona Treatment Plant.

Corporate Communications Manager at the NWC, Andrew Canon, says it is critical that residents abide by the prohibition order.

The Commission says starting today, there will be an adjustment in the daily supply time, reducing the supply of the commodity from 16 hours to 12 hours.

With this adjustment, some customers are likely to experience low pressures and or no water during the period of restriction.

The restriction will begin at 6:00 PM and end at 5:00 AM the following morning.

The NWC says the current dry period is now spanning some seven months and although it had taken early action to ensure water distribution is maintained at an optimum level, this was compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It says this new adjustment is necessary in order to maintain supply as best as possible at an acceptable level while at the same time being mindful of the NWC’s role in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

The NWC says as at Friday, July 18, the Mona Reservoir was at 38 per cent of its capacity and the Hermitage Dam was at 31 per cent.

In the meantime, the NWC is reporting that there will be no changes to the current regulations that are in effect for those areas served by the Constant Spring Treatment Plant.

The State-owned water company also says as the nation goes through this challenging period, it is imploring everyone to adhere to the Prohibition Order and make conservation a habit instead of the exception because of the current drought conditions