Price of water doubled by vendors as Katsina lingers in water scarcity
Water vendors in Katsina metropolis are making high profits following the lingering water scarcity since late last year.
Findings by Punch indicates that a lot of residents now patronises water vendors popularly called ‘Mai-ruwa’ because of the water scarcity reportedly caused by failure of the state water board to supply water to homes.
This according to the investigations have made the water vendors to increase the price they hitherto charged their customers by almost 100 percent.
For instance, a 25-litre keg of water which used to attract between N20 and N25, respectively is now sold for N40.
Also, price for a cart full of Jerry cans that was being sold at N150 to N200 has now skyrocketed to N350 to N400.
A vendor, Jamilu Ango, said he went a long distance to get water, hence the increase in the price of the commodity.
Investigation showed that the water scarcity in Katsina was further compounded by the power outage in the state.
Katsina gets about two-hour supply of electricity daily, a development, which had affected commercial activities in the state. Many borehole points have also been shut due to the power outage.
Residents, who could not patronise the vendors, depend on kind-hearted individuals, who have boreholes in their private homes, but many others have resorted to fetching water from streams and rivers in their communities.
The state Commissioner for Water Resources, Salisu Dandume, however, said the water scarcity would be over by the end of the month.
According to him, the problem was largely caused by failure of water pumping machines which are old. These machines were not properly maintained due to lack of spare parts.
He assured that the state government has ordered additional water pumping machines and when they arrive and installed, they will immediately boost water supply in the state.