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Residents in Enugu State have been faced with a very debilitating water scarcity over the last couple of days.
Some of the residents who spoke to correspondents said that they had not had water since the New Year, adding that they had been at the mercy of water vendors.
Pat Chukwuma, who lives at Independence Layout, newsmen that she has been buying water from vendors since she moved into the layout nine years ago.
Her words ‘Ever since I moved into this area, we only had tap water twice in 2014 but from then till now, I buy water from vendors at a very costly amount, between N18,000 and N20,000.
‘Again, we cannot do borehole due to the topography of Enugu which is covered by coal,’ she said.
Eucharia Ukwu, who lives at the Community Layout, Transekulu, said they were not even reticulated since the area was created, adding that she relied on well water and water from vendors.
‘In fact, the situation is worrisome and we are appealing to the state government to address the problem urgently,’ she said.
Meanwhile, Dubem Onyia, the special adviser to the Enugu State Governor on Water Resources, said the government was confronting the water challenges in the state.
Mr. Onyia disclosed this in Enugu on Thursday in a statement.
He assured the residents that the issue of inadequate water supply, one of the key challenges Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi administration inherited, would soon be history.
The governor’s aide said the present administration was doing a lot with the ‘lean’ resources at its disposal to address the issue of water in the Enugu metropolis.
He noted that some areas in the Enugu metropolis, such as Iva Valley, GRA, New Haven, Ogui, Asata, Uwani, some parts of Achara Layout, Abakpa Nike, Trans Ekulu, and Thinkers Corner, enjoyed potable water supply.
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