The water agency gave reasons for the absence of potable water.
Some rural dwellers in Yobe, on Saturday, complained that chemicals and waste products had contaminated various water sources in their communities, posing danger to lives.
Investigation conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria in Damaturu revealed that Garin Goge, Fune, Garbuwa, Katarko and Garin Bukar villages were affected.
The communities depended on water from ponds for various purposes.
Isa Lawan, a resident of Garin Goge Village in Fika Local Government, said that “Chemicals applied on farmlands and other waste products are swept into the ponds used by the communities when rain falls.’’
Also, Bukar Kolo, a resident of Fune Village said: “Following the breakdown of our boreholes, we depend on the ponds as our source of water for drinking and other purposes.
“In the rain, chemicals sprayed on the farms and other waste products flood into the ponds, constituting health hazards to the lives of the people and livestock,” he said.
Mohammed Bukar, the General Manager of the Yobe State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, however, said the agency had received complaints from the affected communities. He noted that the boreholes broke down because they were overused, adding that the agency was constrained by lack of spare parts to rectify the problems of the boreholes.
“These are boreholes with deep wells that are operated on generating sets for over 12 hours daily to meet the water needs of the communities, resulting in the burning of the pumps.
“Unfortunately, we could not resolve the problems immediately by replacing the burnt pumps because we do not have the 5.5 horse power pumps in stock.
“We only have a less capacity, which is reserved for Government Girls Secondary School, Ngelzarma,’’ he said.
Mr. Muhammed said the agency had submitted its requests to government with the hope that the government would respond immediately.
The manager said that the agency was also faced with the challenge of failure of experts in coming to the state to repair faulty well rigs, citing insecurity.
“Engineers complain of the insecurity and that they cannot come to the state to work on our Dando rigs with the capacity to drill 300 metres borehole.
“This has delayed our work in Machina, Tarmuwa and other areas,’’ he said.
In 2009, some communities in the state were ravaged by contaminated water that flooded shallow wells used by the village residents.
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