Jamaica News, Kingston: The extended dry period affecting the island is beginning to have telling effects.
In Kingston and St Andrew the Hermitage Dam is now at a capacity of 43%.
At these levels, residents will begin to experience occasional water lock-offs as the National Water Commission attempts to save water.
The Hermitage Dam serves a large part of the corporate including the University of the West Indies Mona Campus.
Persons are being urged to recycle water as much as possible.
According to the authorities, activities such as washing a car and watering lawns should not be considered a priority for water at this time.
The state through Local Government has taken action to assist communities that have been severely impacted by the drought, by having water trucked them.