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Residents resort to rain water, creeks

Monday, February 26, 2007

RESIDENTS of several communities in Ba claim they have been without a proper water supply for three weeks now.

They are now meeting their needs by storing rain water while others have started using water from nearby creeks.

They said despite numerous requests, the Public Works Department had failed to cart water to affected families.

Narain Nair, of Namosau, in Ba, said the situation was out of hand.

Mr Nair said if the water supply was not restored soon then there was a chance of diseases spreading in Ba.

He said it was unhygienic for them to continue storing rainwater for household use.

Numerous attempts to contact Divisional Engineer Western for Water, Taito Delana, yesterday were unsuccessful.

However, last week, Mr Delana said the disruptions in Ba were a result of breakdowns with the water pumps at the Nadrou Treatment Plant.

Mr Delana also said four trucks have been arranged to cart water to affected families. But Binesh Chand of Varoko in Ba said since the disruption began three weeks ago, no trucks had carted water to the area.

Mr Chand said it seemed that PWD had no interest in resolving the problems being experienced by residents.

He said his family had already started using water from a nearby creek. Mr Chand said even though they are aware that it was unsafe, they did not have any choice.

He said the department had to see that water supply was restored as soon as possible.


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