Pi­woyi res­i­dents de­cry wa­ter short­age

Daily Trust - - NEWS CITY - By Sher­i­fat Amako

Res­i­dents of Pi­woyi, a set­tle­ment along Air­port Road in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), have com­plained of lack of potable wa­ter, which they say is mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for them.

The res­i­dents told City News yesterday that de­spite the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of the set­tle­ment, they have no pipe borne wa­ter and the three bore­holes can­not meet their daily wa­ter needs.

Our re­porter gath­ered that res­i­dents de­pend on three bore­holes - two sank by gov­ern­ment and one pri­vately op­er­ated, but are made to pay to fetch wa­ter from the bore­holes which have mostly been taken over by wa­ter ven­dors known as mai ruwa.

A res­i­dent, Adamu Dan­juma, told City News that the wa­ter ven­dors fetch wa­ter from the bore­holes at the rate of N150 per truck and sell it at the rate of N250 to res­i­dents.

“We pay money to buy wa­ter from gov­ern­ment bore­holes, but I think it is sup­posed to be free, most of us here don’t have enough money for our daily wa­ter needs. Gov­ern­ment should please come and help us,” she said.

Another res­i­dent, Maimu­nat Dauda, said the price at the only pri­vate bore­hole is even higher, and they feel the pangs of wa­ter scarcity most when the gov­ern­ment owned bore­holes are out of use.

A worker at the gov­ern­ment op­er­ated bore­holes told City News that res­i­dents need to pay for the main­te­nance as gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse is usu­ally slow when a fault de­vel­ops.

When con­tacted, the Di­rec­tor of FCT Wa­ter Board, Engr Hudu Bello, said they can only pro­vide wa­ter to ar­eas were there is wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the board’s re­spon­si­bil­ity for now is just to treat and retic­u­late wa­ter where pipes have al­ready been laid.

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