The water issue
The water situation in the Maldives is worsening gradually. In 2012, a dozen islands almost ran out of water. In the absence of a proper system, the options for delivering clean water are few on most of the islands and atolls. Only three islands – Male, Vil- ingili and Hulhumale – have a functioning water supply and distribution network. To deal with the problem, people on other islands use barrels to collect rainwater. Some have dug wells. On most islands, people spend 85 percent of their income on buying fresh water.
Sadly, this problem affects hundreds of people living on Maldivian islands and has failed to gain the attention of the country’s politicians. The election campaigns of most of the politicians, who participated in the elections, revolved around personal rivalries and petty squabbles. Hardly any politician focused on the problem of water scarcity. It is hoped that when a new government finally assumes power, it will keep this issue on its priority list. Abdulla Ahmed Male, Maldives