2 January 2016

Nigeria: Jos Residents Endure Water Scarcity During Festivities

Jos — Residents of Jos, the Plateau State capital were forced to endure yet another stretch of water scarcity during the festive period, barely weeks after the state was able to restore supply there.

Jos has had to grapple with water crisis for some time now, compelling most parts to rely on water vendors, who are already making brisk business out of the situation.

Residents celebrated the Malud, Christmas and New Year with tales of biting water scarcity in much of Jos and Bukuru.

Daily Trust on Sunday report that there was no public announcement from the state government to explain to residents the cause of the scarcity.

A resident of GRA, Mrs. Grace Donkwap, said her household of 10 persons had to rely on supply from water vendors; whose source she said was not clear.

But the General Manager, Plateau State Water Board, Pastor Lambert Gonzuk, denied there was scarcity during the earlier parts of the festivities, although he confirmed that there was "epileptic supply."

Pastor Gonzuk said while the board supplied water during the Malud and Christmas, it could not do so in the days leading to the New Year.

He explained that the Ratt Dam Treatment Plant at Bukuru, which supplies much of the city, does not have electricity supply to treat and pump water to residents because the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) disconnected the facility over outstanding bills which amount he declined to state.

He urged residents to be patient as the administration is committed to restoring uninterrupted supply soon.

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