Some communities in Katsina metropolis have been facing acute water shortage ahead of sallah celebrations since the past six days.
An investigation conducted by Katsina post revealed that Sabuwar unguwa, Kofar Marusa, Kerau, Inwala, Yar’adua and filin samji were worse hit by the problem.
The situation has resulted in borehole owners and water vendors making brisk businesses in major areas.
In the Katsina metropolis, water vendors who purchase the commodity at N200 per truck of 12 jerry cans now sell at N50 per jerry can.
Also, 2500 liters tankers of water now cost N14,000 contrary to N6,000 cost before the shortage.
A resident of Sabuwar unguwa, Malam Abdulrashidu lamented that the water shortage was biting hard as the state’s water board has not supplied water to communities in the past five days.
“On a daily basis, I spend N300 to buy water for domestic use in my house,’’ Abdulrashidu. He said.
A resident of Kofar Marusa area of Katsina, Malam Isa Musa, said: “It is pity that the entire town has remained without water even at the eve of Sallah cerebration when the State Government is said to have spent much money on water supply.
A water vendor interview by Katsina post revealed that they spent more than 7 hours for them to fetch water from borehole owners.
A cross-section of people who spoke to Katsina post on the water crisis, however, appealed to the state government to address the situation.
An effort to contact the Managing Director Katsina state water board, for comments failed at the time of compiling this report.
However, a reliable source in the water board told our correspondent that the scarcity resulted from a fault developed by a booster engine at Ajiwa water treatment plant.
Meanwhile, the government has appealed to the people to be patient as efforts were being made to address the issue.