Residents on American Samoa’s main island will have full water services restored four years after bans were put in place on Tutuila’s western side when e-coli bacteria was discovered in well waters, Radio New Zealand International reported, citing the power authority.
Improvements to the well field at Malaeloa meant the agency hoped to lift a boil-water order for the Leone to Poloa system within four months, American Samoa Power Authority executive director Utu Abe Malae told RNZI.
Plans to build more water-treatment plants had been ruled out as too expensive by the authority, according to the radio report. The water-use restriction created strains as households had to either buy bottled water or spend more on electricity, gas or kerosene to heat water drawn from the wells, RNZI said.
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