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Acute Water Shortage Hits Bole

Some areas in the Savanna region are experiencing acute water shortage and residents have been unable to get water for several weeks.

The affected areas include Korupe, Jakala, Yelwa and Hill Top areas all in the Bole district.

Speaking to thepressradio.com some of the residents said water supply has been cut-off for about two weeks.

People, mostly women and children, rush to the nearest water supply site to buy a bucket or two for domestic and commercial use.

Long queues, amid hot verbal exchanges among desperate persons looking for the essential commodity, especially, after a hard day’s work .

Some of the affected residents have resorted to drawing water from wells and using sachet water for domestic use.

“We are appealing to the management of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to urgently address challenges with its pipelines that had led to an acute water shortage in the area”. One student appealed.

They contended that the situation was affecting their daily activities since they had to walk for long distances to fetch water for domestic and commercial activities.

Speaking to the constituency watch, a Bole based association made up of the youth led by the group’s president Haruna Obey during a visit to the area, residents particularly those around Chief Palace area up to Nyimange and its environs, said the situation continued to affect hundreds of residents.

“As it stands now, we do not know when the problem will be rectified. We have only been told that the management of GWCL is working to address the challenge,” a resident, Mrs Habiba Adamu, said.

For the past three weeks, residents of Korupe have been experiencing water shortage.

‘Chop bar’ operators in Bole, said the water shortage had forced them to reduce the quantity of food they cook daily.

“We do not have water so we cannot continue to cook in large quantities. Now we have asked some of our workers to hold on until the situation is resolved because we pay them daily,” one said.

Another victim, Mr Daniel Malsep, said the only bore hole serving the people leaving around Bole mango lane (coal tar end) and some government officials have broken down for almost two months. He told constituency watch that he had personally visited the Bole office of the GWCL to find out what the problem was but he was only told measures were in place to address it and as we speak now the bole hole has still not been fixed.

The situation is equally dire at Mempeasem and Bole junction area where residents have to wake up at ungodly hours to join long queues to draw water.

At the Junction Area, residents explained that their taps had been empty for more than a week and only had a little flow last Thursday night.

A resident, Hajia Zenabu said although water flowed yesterday afternoon, the pressure was low.

She said the Bole district assembly and the Member of Parliament for Bole-Bamboi to as a matter of agency fixed these problems for us, as the saying goes “water is life”

Source: Thepressradio.com/Zion Abdul Rauf

 

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