NAWEC- THE ACUTE WATER SHORTAGE WHICH STARTED TWO WEEKS AGO, IS NOW LOOKING MORE OF A DELIBERATE SABOTAGE THAN A MERE TECHNICAL PROBLEM. IS NOW NAWEC BEING USED AS A POLITICAL TOOL?

1915

Dear Pa,

Ever since the power outages that started over two weeks ago refuse to go away, most people residing around the GBA area have been experiencing serious power cuts and acute water shortage.

We understand the link between regular electricity supply and the water availability. However what we don’t understand is the complete dryness of our taps even after the resumption of electricity albeit intermittently.

The water supply situation in the country is getting worst everyday. Over two weeks now we are waking up every morning queuing for water from dripping taps. The persistent water shortage coupled with the frequent outages have now become a national embarrassment. Water and electricity are the engines necessary to spark development. NAWEC belongs to all of us, but its current water problems are music to the ears of the water-bottling companies whose sales have increased since the water crisis started weeks. Those in the business of building bore holes at exorbitant prices are also benefiting enormously.

Failure to provide regular water supply to Gambian without any realistic causes to justify the continued drying up of our taps is making us believe as those doing it are deliberately creating the shortage for political reasons. The water problem is not only affecting out homes, but the taps and reserve tanks of schools, clinics, hospitals, mosques and churches are also drying up. We need enough water supply delivered at sufficient pressure and not in drips during the early hours in the mornings. Please spare us the spineless excuses in press conferences and radio shows.

Everybody is now affected. We need urgent action before the situation turns into a massive protest.

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