Malumfashi - Residents of Malumfashi local government of Katsina State on Wednesday appealed to the Katsina State Government to rehabilitate township water supply systems to ease persistent water scarcity in the area.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews in Malumfashi, a cross-section of residents expressed displeasure over the situation.
Malam Sanusi Zubairu-Khalifa, a resident, appealed to the state government to hasten the repairs of the damaged pipes as well as overhaul the water board operation.
Zubairu-Khalifa explained that the situation had increased domestic expenses, noting that the population of water vendors also increase daily due to the water scarcity.
He noted that tap water was "completely" absent in Malumfashi town and environs for years, stressing that people had resorted to using of untreated water from available sources which posed a danger to lives.
According to him, people use water from open wells while vendors fetch water from nearby streams and urged the authorities to check the trend.
Malam Yusuf Abubakar, another resident, noted that during the rainy season people resorted to storing rain water for domestic use while the situation was unbearable during the dry season.
Abubakar also observed that families spent huge amounts of money on water for their homes .
He said that the restoration of tap water would ease the hardship on the people as well as improve their health condition.
NAN recalls that several attempts by groups and individuals on ways to improve the situation or attract government attention did not yield possible results.
When contacted, a senior official from local government who pleaded anonymity told NAN that the old water system pipes were blocked while the main pipe going to Malumfashi town from Mashigi Dam was cut off when a bridge collapsed.
The source said report on the situation had been forwarded to the relevant authorities and expressed the hope that with the recent water supply contracts awarded by the state government, the situation would improve.