CAIRO: Residents of Cairo’s district of Nasr City voiced their fury over a sudden water cut that occurred Saturday and Sunday.
“We woke up at 10 a.m. to find that there was no water. We tried to call the water company hotline but no one answered, finally we learned through the TV that water cut was due to a technical failure that occurred yesterday at 3 p.m.,” Nasr City resident Basant Abd Al Ghany told The Cairo Post Monday.
She added that they had to buy water for their personal use until the water was back again by 11 p.m.
“Other neighbors had to stay without water for two days, as all of our neighbors had no idea what to do,” Abd Al Ghany said.
Later on, they heard on TV that Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab had ordered prosecutors to investigate employees at a state water plant following the water cuts, she added.
“For our area, it started about 7:30 a.m. and lasted until 10:30 p.m. while the water cut lasted for two days in nearby areas. They told me that when the water returned back, it was unclean or proper to be used.” Jomana Moustafa, another residence in Nasr City told The Cairo Post Monday.
She added that the water outage continued during the following days but it wasn’t as lengthy as it was Sunday.
Youm7 reported Sunday that Mahlab, along with Minister of Housing Moustafa Madboly, visited the location to inspect the problem.
During the visit, Mahlab said the outage was due to “gross negligence” on the part of crew and ordered the whole team be questioned by the Attorney General.
“We are going through a very critical period and we won’t cover any kind of corruption, neglecting or mistakes,” Mahlab said.
Mahlab apologized to Nasr City residents who suffered from the water cut, assuring that the government will publicly announce the real reasons beyond the water cut during the next few days.
Many political and social figures criticized the incidence and called for a real and firm investigation, as Tarek El khouly, head of the Third Republic Youth Front, said in a statement Sunday that what happened in Nasr City is an indicator that negligence still exists in the state’s organizations since the regime of Hosni Mubarak.