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In Bauchi Villages, Residents Depend on Contaminated Ponds as Water Scarcity Bites Hard

Rugan Sa’i, a village in Bogoro local council of Bauchi State have been left without drinkable water for several years.

In a year, the villagers only access drinkable water only for three months. This is only possible during rainy seasons which typically start in late June and end by October. After that, the villagers would be left with no option but to drink from a contaminated muddy pond.

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In a video clip twitted by one Mustapha, women could be seen lined up in numbers with their jerricans to fetch from the pond.

Alhaji Baba Rugan Sa’i, a resident of the community said they depend only on rainwater as a source of good water, “but it normally dries up in October”, he lamented, stressing the struggle for water continues till another rainy season.

Jejin Kafi village community in the area also experiences a similar trend. A group of women and their kids were spotted pushing to get access to a dirty pond.

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“We need to be helped,” one of the residents declared, adding they do share the water with animals who mostly defecate in it. According to the resident, there were other villages using the same water.

When WikkiTimes contacted Umar Adamu, an official at Bauchi state Water Board, said the state’s Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RUWASSA) is the best to answer questions pertaining rural communities. But efforts to reach the agency proved abortive.

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