The pipes that supplied water to some communities were uprooted when the project commenced recently. But for other communities, one cannot precisely say the reason for water scarcity.
At the time oil is expensive in Nigeria, when inflation is rising and the level of poverty is getting scarier, it’s sad to see Jos, the capital of Plateau State, falling into yet another challenge of water scarcity.
Although some communities in the city have been in this challenge for many years, the present scarcity is, however, unprecedented.
It is sad seeing people, especially women and children, trekking long distances day and night in search of water.
Some of the most affected communities are: Rikkos, Gangare, Nasarawa Gwong, Anguwar Rogo, Anguwar Rimi and Dilimi. Getting water vendors in these places is a herculean task– this is even for those that have the money to buy.
Tudun Osi, a place in Rikkos used to be a source of potable water for a lot of people. The place had both tap water supply and robust wells.
Unfortunately, the supply of tap water has stopped now. Wells have dried up, perhaps, because of the sinking of boreholes that draw up most of the water around.
While some owners of boreholes give out water to their neighbours for free, others sell.
In this critical situation, the outbreak of water-borne diseases looms.
Muslims who are observing their fast throughout the month of April are in a trying time.
Christians will be robbed of the full flavour of the Easter celebration in this critical time, because water, as everyone knows, is essential for life.