Brikama, others hit by water shortage

Jan 5, 2021, 1:39 PM | Article By: Yusupha Jobe

Communities of Brikama, Busumbala and other villages in the West Coast Region are experiencing days of acute water shortage – with the situation being blamed on the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) for a sub-standard supply of water.

The situation has led to a series of protests by residents.

Many people in an interview with The Point say that the recent water shortage being experienced has affected many of their domestic chores. As residents, they were fetching water for their entire household from a well at a distance.

Isatou Ceesay, a resident of Brikama Wellingara said she has to wake up early in the morning to be able to get water that she needs for the whole day.

She added that she walks a distance to go fetch water from an open well.

“As women, we face all hardship to make sure there is enough water in the household and this of course is done by the use of one’s own effort so as to have water for the day. What is sad is that we were told the problem will be fixed in a day but this has gone for more than a week.”

“Can you imagine I woke up by 5 a.m. in the morning to be able to get water? I needed to take care of certain domestic chores and this is from a far distance and an open-well,’’ she cried.

She further alleged that even the water coming from tap is only fit for cleaning of household utensils, watering plants and domestic activities due to its bad nature.

“I have all the evidence to prove and you can see yourself how clearly these blacklike particles can be spotted from the water. Before we had such a water crisis, this was what we were experiencing and I can show anywhere as proof,” she added.

Matti Njie, a native of Farato, also described the current shortage of water as an additional burden, adding that the blacklike-particles from running tap water create lots of dissatisfaction among people in communities.

“There is nothing we can do as women but only to bear an extra burden to make sure there is water at the end of the day because we cannot live without it. So we are engaging the government to look into the problem for an immediate solution,” she appealed.

“NAWEC wishes to inform the public that due to faults on the power line connecting production boreholes in Brikama, several boreholes are currently down and therefore out of service.

Consequently, this has resulted in water shortages within the catchment areas supplied by the affected boreholes and places to be affected include Brikama, Farato, Busumbala and parts of Brusubi,” it concluded.

The Point’s attempt to reach the PRO of the company for reactions proved futile.