The National Water Commission (NWC) says there is a greater need to enforce water restrictions as the country deals with the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak.

According to Public Relations Manager, Andrew Cannon, the company will be taking steps to ensure Jamaicans have access to potable water as the demand increases.

With 21 confirmed cases of Covid-19, Jamaica is currently in a health crisis.

In addition to social distancing, recommended actions include regular hand washing and frequent sanitization, which requires greater use of water.

As that need increases across the island, the National Water Commission says water restrictions will not be lifted.

Cannon says there is now a greater need to manage the storage facility to ensure there is enough to supply hospitals and others customers throughout the outbreak. He further  adds that in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, there will be no disconnection as a result of late payment.

Currently the Mona reservoir storage capacity is 72.1 % full while the Hermitage dam is at 75.4 %.

Last month the Met service said the country is experiencing its regular dry season, with the current crisis, the question is

do we have enough water to carry us through as the demand increases?

With the increasing numbers of covid-19 cases some  residents in Waterhouse are calling for greater measures to be put in place to end their water woes.

The NWC says steps are also being taking to increase the amount of water it trucks to communities across the island.

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