Residents of Yola, Adamawa, have expressed concern over the acute water scarcity in the state capital.
Some of the residents have appealed to the state government to provide hand pumped bore holes to enhance access to potable water in Yola and its environs in order to mitigate the situation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that most of the residents now rely on water vendors as the taps have stopped running.
Also, most of the bore holes drilled in the area have broken down due to years of neglect and poor maintenance.
The areas worst hit by the scarcity include Jimeta, Wuro Hausa and Wuro Jambe wards in Yola-South Local Government Area.
Ahmed Lawal, a resident, said he now sources for water from the vendors for domestic use.
“We are facing these challenges because for over two years, we are not getting water from our taps.
“With the recent oil subsidy removal, the vendors have increased their prices from between N10 and N15 per a 20-litre gallon of water to N30 per gallon, definitely we are facing difficulties.
“Every day I spent between N400 and N500 on water for my household. The situation is so pathetic and difficult.”
Musa Mbamba, another resident, urged the state government to rehabilitate the Yola Water Treatment Plant and upgrade the reticulation system to enhance water supply in the area.
NAN checks further showed that water hawkers were making brisk businesses due to the growing demand of their services.
A 20 litre can of water from the water vendors now goes for N30 as against its old price of N10.
Habu Ya’u, a water vendor, said he was making about N1, 000 a day as a result of the rise in patronage.
Mr. Ya’u, who described the trade as ‘lucrative’, added that he uses filters to purify the water before selling to prospective buyers.