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Water scarcity bites harder in Plateau

07 April 2014, 17:15

Plateau - Water scarcity which hit parts of Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau since March, is now biting harder as many wells are getting drier by the day.

The scarcity began with the damage to the generating plant of the Pankshin Water Treatment Plant within the period.

Consequently, most of the people resorted to visiting the dry rivers around the town and digging the sand for water.

Those selling sachet water are now making brisk business with huge profits.

Consequently, scores of children often leave their homes as early as 4.00 a.m. to go to public wells and rivers to fetch water for their families.

Grace Goneng, a resident of the town, said that the shortage had been a serious challenge to her family.

"I have to wake up my children as early as possible to get water for us at the well before others wake up," she said.

Contacted, the Manager, Pankshin Water Treatment Plant, Selbol Sohnan, said that for over a month, the plant could not pump water to the public due to lack of power.

"The only generator given to us by the state government eight years ago has broken down and the electricity supply from PHCN is very low such that for a month now we cannot pump water.

"We have only one, out of the three High Electric Motors power of 132 KW, that is functional as two have broken down.”

Sohnan said that the plant needed of a 350 KVA generating plant to enable it to supply steady water to the public.

According to him, under normal circumstance, the plant can pump 2 000 cubic litres of water daily as each of its three pumps can pump 70 litres per hour.

The manager called on the public to exercise patience as the state government was trying to rehabilitate all water treatment plants in the state.

Samuel Goar, the Chairman of Pankshin Local Government, expressed concern over the plight of the people.

He said that his priority was to provide potable water in the local government area.

Goar promise to liaise with the Ministry for Water Resources to ensure that adequate water was provided to the public as soon as possible.

 - NAN

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