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Water Scarcity in Abuja: A Gallon Of Water Now Sells For N100 Instead of N30.
It all started when the management of the FCT water board announced there will be major maintenance of the lower Usman Dam which doubles as the source of water to the entire Abuja municipal Area councils.
The area councils are: Gwagwalada, Kuje, Bwari, Kwali and Abaji.
At first, FCT residents thought it will be business as usual, they are used to having water gone for one to two days every year during this maintenance exercise, but then it went from two days to two weeks.
This made residents of FCT run out of water stock, and it prompted those who had no borehole or well to patronize water vendors popularly known as “Ma Ruwa.”
According to the facts presented by some residents to yours truly, these water vendors charged as high as 100 to 120 per gallon.
Usually when there’s no scarcity, a gallon of water sales for N20 to N30, which means there’s been over a 40% hike in the price.
I had an opportunity to interact with one of the water vendors who told me they charge that much because they themselves also buy from other water vendors to resale.
Water is an essential commodity and it’s very alarming how it has become expensive like gold.
Just last Thursday 8th April 2021, the FCT water board also announce another maintenance and flushing of pipes which will last for three days, from Friday 9th April 2021 to Monday, April 12th, 2021.
Let’s hope this time it’ll not extend to one week as they say “water is life.”
For those who resides in Abuja, let’s have your thoughts on how you’ve been coping amid this water Scarcity.
Drop your thoughts via the comment section.
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