3 Oct 2011

Samoa not panicking yet over drought conditions

7:22 am on 3 October 2011

The acting managing director of the Samoa Water Authority says the country battles with drought conditions.

Ekiumeni Fauolo says it has been five months since Samoa had significant rainfall and the dry period is reminiscent of what happened in 2003.

He says the weather forecast for the next two months is discouraging with only 100 millimetres predicted in the next four weeks.

But Mr Fauolo says they have future options.

"In severe cases we ration the supplies. We have water trucks to cater for those who are not getting water. We are getting some booster pumps, to utilise some other alternative sources, that can pump water into our treatment plants. And basically acquifers, boreholes."

Ekiumeni Fauolo says the community is aware of the situation and is co-operating in conserving water