(MENAFN - Arab News) Several madinah districts have gone without water since tuesday when water truck drivers went on strike. the drivers working for the companies contracted by the directorate of water to supply water from aziziah quba and airport road supply stations struck work because their contractors had not paid them their salaries for four months.
the western districts of the city are the worst hit by the strike. as the price of a water truck has now hit sr450 many people have resigned themselves to using brackish water.
resident muhammad ramadan said he had to settle for brackish water as it was impossible to get potable water because of the huge crowd at the water supply center.
drivers working at water supply centers at al-aziziyah quba and airport road said they stopped work two days ago because of poor and most of the time erratic payment of wages.
several citizens demanded that the officials of the water directorate find an immediate solution to the problem and take measures to avoid recurrence of the crisis.
madinah experiences water supply shortage at the onset of the summer season every year. the water directorate which is often at the receiving end of the crisis tries to resolve the issue and strives to supply water to all the districts through its networks.