November 9, 2023
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The Public Enterprise Committee, funded by the International Republican Institute, has facilitated an interface between NAWEC and residents of the Jeshwang constituency to address concerns regarding the accessibility, affordability, quality, and reliability of water supply in the area.
This engagement is part of the committee's broader effort focused on assessing the accessibility, affordability, quality, and reliability of water supply in the Greater Banjul Area.
Residents have expressed dissatisfaction with inadequate water supply in their homes, which poses a significant challenge given the essential nature of water in our daily lives.
Habib, a councillor of New Jeshwang-Ebo Town, voiced frustration: "When we report damaged pipes in our area and request a swift response from NAWEC, it takes a considerable amount of time before they arrive."
Residents have suggested that NAWEC establish a standby team around Ebo Town to respond promptly to burst pipes, noting the prolonged response time in most cases.
In response to residents' concerns, representatives from NAWEC stated that they are aware of these issues but face challenges in responding immediately due to a lack of capacity and resources.
Regarding water quality, the board emphasized the institution's water supply sources: "We extract our water supply from underground sources, which scientific studies confirm to be of high quality."
The lack of quality water supply has long been a challenge faced by many Gambians, particularly those living in the Greater Banjul Area.
This has significantly affected residents in the area, leading to delays in their daily activities at home and outside.
Following discussions with residents, NAWEC reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Gambians have access to an adequate supply of quality water.