Slight increase in water levels
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 Mona Reservoir to 31 per cent, and from 42 per cent to 44 per cent at the Hermitage Dam within a week,” said president of the NWC, Mark Barnett.
He 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.
Barnett explained that if the rainy months produce significant precipitation, the Corporate Area’s water issue is expected to improve.