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Kano residents decry lack of potable water

Residents of Zoo road, titin gidan Sani Kabara have decried the lack of drinking water in the community, saying that their taps discharge dirty and unhygienic liquid.

Most of the residents complained that they have had to trek long distances to secure the services of water vendors, popularly known as “yan garuwa”, who sell each water truck or “kuran ruwa”  at between N700 and N1,000.

Reports indicate that the scarcity started early last month, with nothing done ever since to alleviate the situation.

The tap water which on closer inspection appears dark and smelly is used by most people for their daily needs, exacerbated by the weather condition as well as little or no resources to patronise water vendors.

A resident of the community, Saratu Muhammad, who spoke to Radio Nigeria, appealed to the state government to come to their aid.

She said when Kano state water board officials issued their water bills, she and others raised the matter and were told that the water pipes were faulty.

According to her, the odour emanating from the taps “is unbearable” and can lead to cholera and other deadly infections.

“Sometimes, we send our children to fetch water from a nearby tap, which is sometimes better than the one at home,” she complained.

When contacted, the Director, water distribution, kano state water board, Magaji Hussain said they had yet to receive complaints on such issues.

Mr Hussain, however, promised that the agency would investigate and take necessary action.

He also advised the general public to report similar cases to the Kano state water board office nearest to them.

Earlier, the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje ordered the rural water supply agency to immediately commence the distribution of water tankers to specific locations within the metropolitan local government areas.

Reporting by Khadijah Aliyu; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor