Opobo - Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government in Rivers, Mr Bethel Uranta, has said his administration was providing potable water in some communities in the area.
Uranta made the disclosure Tuesday in Opobo town while speaking with newsmen, saying the council aimed at providing developmental amenities to its people.
He however said unavailability of funds was the biggest problem militating against achieving adequate development for the rural communities in the area.
The council chairman said funds had hampered the distribution of the water project his administration had already provided.
"My administration has provided well-treated water to some communities but we have not been able to distribute the water due to the huge sum of money involved and the technicalities too," Uranta said.
He also said his administration had commenced the construction of modern toilets with environmentally-friendly sewage in its effort to phase out the hazardous pier latrines.
Uranta called on the state government, World Health Organisation (WHO), philanthropists and non-governmental organisations to assist the council in providing water and sanitation facilities for the people.
"The council is prepared to provide an enabling environment for development by partnering with investors who have genuine interest in facilitating programmes and projects for the people," he said.
The council chairman, however, commended a team of evaluators from World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministries of Water Resources and Local Government Affairs who visited the area recently.
Uranta said the team came on a mission to assess water, sanitation and health facilities in the area.