Liberia: Kpoyalah Residents Lack Safe Drinking Water

24 April 2019

Residents of KpoyalahTown in Suakoko District, Bong County, about 50 Kilometers away from Gbarnga City say their main source of water is running dry.

This, Josiah Flomo Yarkpawolo, a resident of the town said is posing health threat to over 3,000 people including women and children.

Mr. Yarkpawolo said the situation is said to be forcing children to walk miles to creeks during the dry season to fetch water, something he stated, is hampering their health and their wellbeing.

Currently, many residents of the town are constrained to get water from running creeks, according to Ma Yatta Mulbah, a resident of the town.

Ma Yatta said, "When we go for the water, under it can be dirty. So we can put it down for an hour to set before we drink it. It can affect us but sometimes we usually get tablets from the drugs store here, and even some people stomachs usually run after they drink the creek water".

Ma Yatta further said four of the five hand pumps serving the community are damaged.

The residents said only God is helping them, and if nothing is done to curb the situation, there will serious plague in the area.

The Kpoyalah residents further stated that the lack of safe drinking water and other essential basic needs for residents will lead to the outbreak of water-borne disease.

They blamed politicians for making promises that they cannot keep.

"When they come to us, they tell us sweet, sweet things about developments. After we elect them, when the time reaches for them to help us, we cannot see them around," they alleged.

Suakoko district is being represented in 54th Legislature by Representative Edward W. Karfiah of the People Unification Party (PUP).

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