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Samoa's water authority to work through Christmas

Debris lays strewn after Cyclone Evan tore through Samoa, December 14, 2012. (Credit: ABC)

Samoa's water authority hopes to have all of its customers reconnected to the water supply by Friday, after parts of the system were damaged in Cyclone Evan.

The cyclone left parts of the country without proper supply, especially on the main island of Upolu.

Managing Director of the Samoa Water Authority, Tainau Titimaea, says his staff will work through the Christmas break to fix the system.

"My staff is working through Christmas to get everyone the water they need," he told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat.

"About 70 per cent of our mains are now turned on, all of our mains in the main town of Apia is now turned on.

"Only a few hiccups, we are trying to clean our water treatment plant...so that people can have more pressure in their supply."

The country had been suffering from a water shortage before the cyclone, with rationing in effect in parts of the capital, Apia.

"We had to ration because of the fact that the water in our catchment area was getting low," Mr Titimaea said.



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