7 Nov 2011

Samoa still concerned at impact of drought

4:20 pm on 7 November 2011

Samoa is still suffering from the effects of five months of drought with sources drying up in a number of areas.

The assistant chief executive officer of the Samoa Water Authority, Tauiliili Ekumeni Fauolo, says the focus is on finding additional subterranean water sources.

Hopes for a consistent supply rest on boreholes in the driest parts of the country, namely Falealupo, Neiafu, Papa Sataua and Asau.

Tauiliili says drilling for new sources will continue even when surface water level are again satisfactory because droughts are now lasting longer.

The removal of trees near springs and streams has been blamed for the severity of the drought and Mr Tauilili says co-operation in the replanting of trees in the catchment areas is being sought.