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Jamaica environment minister says water restrictions imposed as reservoirs shrink from drought


KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica‘s environment minister says residents must adhere to water restrictions as reservoir levels diminish due to a worsening drought.

Robert Pickersgill told reporters Wednesday that watering gardens, filling swimming pools and washing cars with piped water has been prohibited.

He says residents of the southern city of Portmore will be without water from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays while Kingston residents will be blocked at night.

Rural communities often have no piped supply or low water pressure. The hardest-hit areas are getting water supplied by trucks.

Jamaica joins Cuba, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands struggling with drought.

It’s expected to worsen as the region is forecast to receive below-normal rainfall during the hurricane season that began in June.

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