AL-KHAFJI: ARAB NEWS
Thursday 2 August 2012
Last Update 2 August 2012 2:40 am
The Eastern Province’s Al-Khafji area is continuing to suffer from water shortages, leading to a spate of resident complaints especially during the month of Ramadan.
Some families are turning to Facebook and Twitter to reach out to the higher authorities and notify them that water is provided only once every three days, Al-Yaum newspaper reported.
They called for water tankers to pass by their houses more frequently to resolve the crisis.
Others have pooled together to purchase ground water tanks to ensure a constant supply of water.
However, this has proved problematic for other citizens on lower incomes due to the rising prices of tanks.
Faisal Alanzi said families are constantly struggling for water since Ramadan began and sometimes water disruptions can last up to three days.
He added: “The water company still hasn’t resolved the problem even though Khafji is a main source of desalinated water.
“Officials are refusing to give us proper solutions and this has forced us to reach out to the higher authorities by using social networks such as Facebook and Twitter so they can learn about our situation.”
Fellow resident Obaid Musa’ed said water is a main resource that every household needs, but water disruptions in Khafji have been ongoing for almost eight years due to faults with local desalination plants.
Another resident, Sami Mansour, said locals did not know whether to blame desalination plants or the Ministry of Water and Electricity.
He added: “We do not know the reason why these disruptions keep on happening.
“We have been promised more than once that the issue would be resolved, but the disruptions keep on increasing.”
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