By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 3 April 2014:
Twice in just over a year, power outages have caused . . .[restrict]water shortages in Libya – in October 2012 in Tripoli when forces from Bani Walid damaged power lines and so stopped pumps on the Man-Made River in the western part of the country and, in January in eastern Libya, when power lines were damaged at Sarir, again turning off the pumps to the MMR.
Now the electricity company GECOL in the south of Libya is going one better by looking for water itself. The general services department of GECOL’s Sebha branch has announced it is digging three water wells south of the town.
The aim is not to supplement the MMR if there is another power cut, nor to break out into new business, but to provide water for staff working at isolated substations.
The wells are being sunk at substations at Sebha, Traghen and Fajeej near Obari.
“The Sebha branch of GECOL started digging the wells for the substations yesterday,” a GECOL engineer in Sebha, Hammed Al-Mabrouk, told the Libya Herald.
“The wells are intended to for the use of employees and guards at the substations,” he said.