Residents of Jos, the Plateau State capital are currently enduring water crisis which has stretched for days now, forcing many to rely on water vendors who sell from untreated sources.
Supply cut in certain locations of the Jos metropolis has lasted for more than a week, according to residents, who cried out over the hardship their families were facing with thedevelopment.
The state water authority confirmed the cut in water supply for only two days, but passed the blame to power outage.
Pastor Lambert Gonzuk, General Manager of the Plateau State Water Board told Daily Trust on phone,
on Thursday, that his board was deeply worried by the development, and has had to direct the plant manager at the Yakubu Gowon Treatment Plant serving the areas affected to make complaints against the power outage.
He said the plant manager has made several complaints with the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) on the issue. He however, lamented there had been no positive response, forcing the plant to rely on alternative generating plants.
But he said pumping water to a larger part of those areas on a daily basis will require national grid.
The water crisis worsened at the weekend, residents say, informing this reporter that the development hiked water price from water tanker who are making brisk business from the situation.
“We have no options. We are now relying on water vendors selling from dirty tanks we don’t even trust in the source,” a resident of Zarmaganda said.
DailyTrust had on Wednesday, reported that much of Jos city is currently having a total power outage believed to be caused by fallen lines serving the population in Dadin Kowa, Coka-Cola, Zarmaganda, Rantiya, Holshe, and Abattoir.
But JEDC’s Assistant General Manager for Technical Services, Joel Sule had denied the concerns raised by residents, although without providing explanations.