Residents of Tengbeh Town community say they have been without water for about two weeks now with no explanation from the water utility Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC). They described that crisis as dangerous and could give way to unhygienic conditions across the affected areas.
AYV learnt that the only source of water for the community is a single tap located at the Tengbeh Town Bridge which is unable to serve the teeming population.
A youth activist in the community, Sakiru Sesay informed AYV reporters that the tap only runs twice a week (Wednesday and Sunday). According to him, the tap does not only run twice a week, but only between from around 6am and shuts down at around 12 mid-day. “This is very unfair and the authorities are keeping sealed lips and not explaining why they are treating us in this manner,” lamented Hawanatu Sawaneh, a suckling mother.
“A community like this is very big for only one tap to serve such a large population. To salvage this situation, I would like for the government and any humanitarian organization to erect more taps for us to ease the pressure,” she added.
Also speaking to AYV was Chernor Kamara. He maintained that as far as he is concerned the authorities responsible for supplying water should be investigated and those responsible for treating them in this manner be brought to book. He lamented that especially those of them attending schools are going through hell to access water for domestic use.
He however confirmed that wells around the vicinity greatly assist them although they do not drink the well water but they can use if tor laundering and other domestic purposes. He used the opportunity to call on the relevant authorities to come to their aid.