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Severe water scarcity hits Kaduna State: Water-borne diseases eminent

…Mother, daughter, baby throng streets in search of water.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

In the last two, three or five days running, mothers, daughters and even babies have taken to the streets in search of water ‘known to be life’ due to its severe scarcity in Kaduna State.

Our correspondent, who roved through the populous Sabon Tasha, Television, Ungwan Boro communities and environs, reported that residents of those areas are going “through hell,” having sleepless nights in searching for water.

Most of the residents, who spoke to our reporter, expressed dismay over what many of them amply described as “so sudden, unexpected and alien under the current administration.”

While some of residents blamed the acute and unprecedented water scarcity on lack of electricity and fuel scarcity to even pump borehole water, others have apportioned the blame on Government and Water Board staffs in the state for stopping the normal pipe-born water supply to residences for weeks.

Findings revealed that most residents have not been paying their utility bills, especially pipe-born water supply for years with arrears of payment running between hundreds of thousands and millions of naira in many households. 

Although, the residents, in reversed order, also complained of poor, inconsistent and irregular water supply but with undesirable water bills; expressing fears of impending water-borne diseases.

“Even when there is no water supply for days, weeks or even months, the Water Board will give residents same bills, even more, and compile them as ‘outstanding arrears’ of water bills for compounds.

All efforts to access the relevant authority to clarify issues proved abortive, as office assistants alleged that the commissioners and subordinate are banned, therefore, not allowed to speak to journalists. However, some the officials, who spoke in confidence, attributed the cost of the scarcity to the ongoing urban infrastructural development across the state.

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