The Gambia National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), has apologised and vowed to tackle the water shortage that hit many communities in recent times, although it will require enough time, they admitted.
At a press conference held at the NAWEC head office in Kanifing on Monday, Managing Director, Baba Fatajo, explained that they are still struggling with lots of challenges in terms of service delivery, acknowledging that it’s important to inform the general public about what is happening.
“We still want to apologise to our valued customers that we still have these challenges that may take some time before we can give you 24 hours water supply,” he said, adding that they still have significant gaps between the supply and the demand. “To solve the problem, we are embarking on a major project of 22.5 million dalasis. The contractors and consultancies are on the ground and have gone very far with the design surveys.”
He said they have registered some improvement in the electricity services, declaring “even though we have our main challenges but our focus now is water.”
He said the problem was as a result of the loss of some of their boreholes, which he said were vandalised.
“The first borehole that went down, we were losing over 40 million liters of water every day,” he divulged.
“We are taking step to at least pick on the lost productions by drilling more boreholes. We have been able to apprehend the man who was vandalising our boreholes in Brikama and is now helping the police in their investigations.”
Regarding electricity, he said they are trying to meet the demand but they still have some challenges that they need to tackle and electrify the country.