15 Feb 2016

American Samoa trying to conserve water during record heat

4:12 pm on 15 February 2016

The American Samoa Power Authority is installing new meters and fixing leaks in its system as the territory experiences record hot weather.

The National Weather Service says the heat index hit a record high of 116 last week.

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The executive director of the American Samoa Power Authority, Utu Abe Malae, says rainfall in January was down compared to last year.

ASPA has moved to control pumping at water wells on the main island of Tutuila to help conserve water and electricity.

It has installed Variable Frequency Drive and Magnetic Flow Meters at over 20 wells to help control pumping, based on demand.

The installation of the equipment will continue at all of ASPA wells and booster stations.

Utu says the authority is also finding and repairing leaks in the system to help lower water loss and reduce pumping from the aquifer.

He recommends the public help conserve water by fixing leaks and limiting the washing of cars.