Residents of Jos, the Plateau state capital are suffering acute water scarcity in the peak of the dry season as the world marks World Water Day today.
A cross section of residents of Sabon Gari Mado in Tudun Wada area of Jos North and Hwolshe in Jos South local government areas who largely depend on “Well” water for domestic work and other usages, lamented how the scarcity of the commodity is causing them untold hardships.
Mrs. Rhoda Danladi from Sabon Gari Mado explained that the “Well” in their house dries up as early as January every year and the tap water from the Plateau state water Board is not reliable as it sometimes takes days or weeks before the taps run.
Miss Ritdirmwa Bulus from Hwolshe, explained that their area was disconnected from the state water source since a road expansion project in the area last year and the few houses who were not affected hardly get the tap water supply.
A resident of Tudun Wada area, Mrs. Nancy Ayuba spoke angrily that their pipes got broken during the road network construction to Mado area and have not been fixed. She said this forces them wake up as early as 5am in search of “Well” water in distance houses within community and if not lucky, they come back home empty.
They appealed to the Plateau State Water Board and the Plateau State government to come to their aid and address the persistent water scarcity in their various areas and the entire state.
Reacting to the outcry of the residents, the acting General Manager of Plateau State Water Board, Mrs. Stella Buge, explained that recently, they are faced with the challenge of quality and quantity of energy with their major treatment plan in Yakubu Gowon Dam which affected their production.
She assured residents that normal production has resumed at the Yakubu Gowon Dam which some areas have started getting water, but she said residents of Rukuba road and Jos University staff quarters areas will still be patient with them as they are working hard to resolve the technical problem from their own source of water supply at Naborgom treatment plan which will be resolve by Monday God’s willing.
“The major problem was energy, that was in the past one week when we made an announcement, but normal production has resumed at the Yakubu Gowon Dam and right now we are pumping water and it takes some hours before it full our reservoir before we start releasing it” she said.
For areas with broken pipes as a result of road construction, Mrs. Buge said they are working on pipes relocation and most of them need to be changed which she said the areas have been captured in their program and in no distant time, it will be fixed appropriately.
World Water Day which is held every 22 of March since 1993 is aimed at raising awareness for over 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. This years celebration is all about “Water and Climate Change” with the core mandate of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Water and Sanitation for all by 2030.