Water System Repairs Continue Through Holiday In Samoa

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Authority reports most water mains are now active

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Dec. 24, 2012) – Samoa's water authority hopes to have all of its customers reconnected to the water supply by Friday, after parts of the system were damaged in Cyclone Evan.

The cyclone left parts of the country without proper supply, especially on the main island of Upolu.

Managing Director of the Samoa Water Authority, Tainau Titimaea, says his staff will work through the Christmas break to fix the system.

"My staff is working through Christmas to get everyone the water they need," he told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat.

"About 70 percent of our mains are now turned on, all of our mains in the main town of Apia is now turned on. Only a few hiccups, we are trying to clean our water treatment plant...so that people can have more pressure in their supply," Titimaea says.

The country had been suffering from a water shortage before the cyclone, with rationing in effect in parts of the capital, Apia.

"We had to ration because of the fact that the water in our catchment area was getting low," Mr. Titimaea said. "But I think it’s generally good now, considering we had some problems before the cyclone."

Mr. Titimaea said water had to be carted to 4,000 to 5,000 people who were relocated because of the cyclone.

Water also had to be carted to Apia's main hospital, which has now been reconnected to the supply.

He said the water authority is putting refilling stations around the island so for those whose water connection is still down.

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