Water shortage in Samoa prompts rationing

Water shortage in Samoa prompts rationing

Water shortage in Samoa prompts rationing

Updated 29 November 2012, 16:14 AEDT

Thousands of people in Samoa have had their water supplies rationed as the country's catchments dry up.

Up to 5,000 people in the capital Apia have been limited to six hours of water in the morning and another six hours in the evening.

The Samoa Water Authority said water supplies were low due to unpredictable weather patterns.

"We're not getting the rainwater at the time expected, also the frequency has altered tremendously," urban operations manager Tauili'ili Ekiumeni Fauolo told Pacific Beat.

"Instead of getting rain spread out through a period of four to five months, we now get sheets of rain in one to two months. The natural reserves in the mountains are not holding these well."

Mr Tauili'ili said good rains were forecast for December.

In the meantime, the water authority has asked residents to limit the water they use by not washing cars and boats or watering gardens.

"It's not very comfortable but it's the best we can do," Mr Tauili'ili said.

Samoa was forced to ration water in October last year after a similar shortage gripped the country.