Hundreds are facing acute water shortage in Tamale at a time when people around the world are marking the beginning of the Muslim Holy month which started on Monday, May 6, 2019.
Acute water shortage threatens residents in Tamale and surrounding communities observing the Muslim Holy month which began on Monday May 6, 2019.
Hundreds in the Tamale metropolis spend several hours in search of water.
The most affected by the water shortage are Muslims marking the Ramadan fast which requires that Islam followers stay off food and water. But water is an essential commodity needed to perform ablution before prayers to break their fast.
Residents are seen daily with yellow gallons on motorbikes, tricycles and bicycles in search for water from streams and dams for their daily chore and more importantly to help with Ramadan related activities.
Some of the residents disclosed that the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has failed to supply them with water which for some time now continues to affect their daily lives.
The situation has also affected businesses making it difficult for water tankers to find water to sell.
As a result, residents have to stay in long queues for several hours at water supply points before they can collect water which hardly serves their needs.
A resident tanker driver, Abukari Seidu, says ‘’one has to forgo sleep before you will be able to get water in the metropolis.’’
He decried that water companies have doubled the price of the commodity which has led to a scarcity of water in the area.
Tanker operators are selling water between GHc200.00 and GHc250.00 instead of the usual GHc100.00.
Some government workers in the metropolis are forced to use official working pickup trucks to carry water from long distances for their families.
A public servant, Musah Fuseini, who was seen conveying tens of containers in his official vehicle disclosed ‘‘he had to spend close to three hours searching for water.’’
He added that residents of some nearby communities are compelled ''to compete with animals for water to use after fasting.''
The Northern Regional Communication Officer of the Ghana Water Company, Nii Abbey blamed the situation on the frequent power outage in the area while explaining that the unstable nature of electricity supply had affected the operation of the GWCL.
He also said the water level at Dalun in-take point was at it lower level, making pumping water into tankers for supplies very difficult.
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