The Jamaica Public Service Company, JPS, says power supply has now been restored to customers in Clarendon, who were earlier affected by outages caused by a problem on the delivery network.

The JPS says its teams in Portmore, St. Catherine are continuing the washing of power lines, in order to reduce the impact of contamination due to the build up of dust and salt spray on the system.

In a statement today, the company advised that in order to facilitate the washing of the lines, power will be temporarily suspended in several communities, starting at noon.

The communities are Seaforth, Johnson Hill, Hellshire Heights, Cave Hill, Half Moon, Sand Hill, Bridgeport, West Port, Edgewater, Garvey Meade, West Meade, and Waterford.

JPS says its power delivery system has been badly affected in recent weeks by the unusually acute build-up of dust and sea salt on the power lines as a result of the severe drought now affecting the island.

It says this build-up of pollutants has caused the system to become contaminated, creating short-circuit conditions.

Customers may report outages to the JPS Customer Care Centre at 1-888-225-5577, or 1-888-935-5577.