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A water emergency which was issued for the North of the island in March this year has been further extended to cover the entire island.

That's according to Water Resource Management Officer Fitzgerrald John, who explained that since the announcement was initially made the drought situation has worsened.

The situation has forced authorities to take drastic action. The unconventional use of potable water such as watering of lawns and washing of cars is now an offence and is punishable by law.

Mr John reports that in addition to the water reserves being low at the moment, predictions for rainfall from the met services do not look promising, despite the onset of the hurricane season.

Mr John notes that the Water and Sewerage Company has been forced to seek unconventional sources of water in a number of wells that were dug up years ago as a means to address the water crisis.
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