TUNIS - Tunisia has extended the quota system for drinking water and a ban of use in agriculture until further notice, the agriculture ministry said on Saturday, in response to a drought that has lasted five years.

In March, the North African country began cutting off water at night and banned its use in agriculture, a decision that Tunisia had said would continue until Sept. 30.

It has also banned the use of drinking water to wash cars, water green areas and clean streets and public places.

Anyone who breaks the ban faces a fine and imprisonment for a period of between six days and six months.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by Alexander Smith)