Tunisia is extending its March 2023 water rationing policy in an attempt to cope with the severe drought that has gripped the North African nation for the fifth consecutive year.
On October 30, the Ministry of Agriculture announced the extension of the rationing policy for drinking water and the ban on its use in agriculture, as reported by Al Arabiya News.
In March of this year, Tunisia implemented the policy of cutting off water during nighttime and prohibited its use for agricultural purposes, with the initial ban set to end on September 30.
The water rationing measures also apply to the use of drinking water for washing cars, watering green areas, and cleaning public places, as noted in the report.
Violation of the water rationing policy is subject to fines and a potential prison sentence of up to six months.
This measure threatens to further discontent among an already dissatisfied population amid the country’s economic challenges.