By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 18 October:
The Great Man-made River Management and Implementation Authority (GMRA) announced today that as a result of the electricity cut to the water wells in the Hasauna area there will be major water cuts in various parts of Libya.
The wells supply much of Tripoli’s water which is stored in a series of open water reservoirs.
The statement went on to say that Tripoli is currently being supplied by water stored from the Sidi Sayeh reservoir which can only supply Tripoli for about 10 hours as of 9 am this morning.
After that period of time, water cuts will start to be experienced by Tripoli.
GMRA also announced today that the rest of the cities and agricultural projects will also suffer water cuts as and when their local reservoirs become depleted.
The announcement also clarified that it would take no less than 5 days for a full water supply service to resume from the date of the electricity supply being resumed.
The statement made no indication as to why there is a power supply failure to these wells and weather this power supply cut is caused by technical or criminal/political damage.
This will be disappointing news to Libyans who have only just recently had water supply service resumed to the whole country after much disruption lasting until early this year.
Equally, it is only with the relative dip in average temperatures in October that power cuts have ceased in Tripoli.