American Samoa Island Water Services to Be Restored, Radio Says

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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