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Aitutaki residents pray for rain

Thursday January 07, 2016 Written by Published in Outer Islands

Aitutaki residents are praying for a heavy downpour of rain after months of enduring a major water shortage on the island.

 

Aitutaki mayor John Baxter told CI News the shortage became serious a couple of months before Christmas, and now authorities are working to supply water to different sections of the Pa Enua to ensure everyone has access to water.

“We were lucky we had a couple of downpours in late November and December…but if we don’t have rain for another few months we will be in serious trouble.”

Baxter said the population of Aitutaki had almost doubled over the festive season, with more than 3,000 people spending Christmas there.

“And visitors expect a lot of water.”

Despite some of the predicted rain arriving over the past month, there has not been enough to replenish the island’s supplies.

Baxter was not worried about the tourism sector at this stage, as he said larger accommodation providers such as Pacific Resort, Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Tamanu Beach Resort had their own water supplies.

Other smaller accommodation providers had their own water tanks, said Baxter.

Baxter said the island council was working on a long term solution to the water shortage problem and was currently designing and costing plans for more water galleries on the island.

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