By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” The Benue State capital and its environs have been hit by acute water scarcity creating fears of a possible outbreak of water-borne diseases in the town and neighbouring communities.
The situation has been made worse by water vendors who, in a bid to make brisk money, take water directly from River Benue and sell same to unsuspecting consumers in the town.
Areas worse hit are:Â Wadata, High Level, Wurukum, North Bank, Gyado Villa and the high brow Judges Quarters, a neighbourhood in the outskirt of the town where the prominent citizens in the state reside.
At the moment most inhabitants of the town have resorted to buying water from water tankers and some private water vendors who buy in large quantities from water tankers and retail to consumers.
The scarcity has also elicited sharp increases in water rates as a 20-litre can of water, formerly sold for N20, now cost N50 while 1000-litre water tank now goes for as high as N4,000.
When contacted, the General Manager of the State Water Board, Mrs Ada Chenge, attributed the current water scarcity to a drop in water levels in the state and not the inability of the Board to pump the commodity .
She said the situation was not new since it is common knowledge that the capacity of the present water works in the state capital was far inadequate.