Residents of Datoyili, a suburb of Tamale metropolis in the Northern Region now shares unwholesome river with animals as a result of an acute water shortage in the community.
Soky News’ Baba Kamil Mohammed’s investigations showed that, the area has been without water for the past decade making life unbearable for residents who have resorted to sharing of the only dam in the community with cattle on daily basis.
Speaking to the reporter, the residents bemoaned the poor nature of the dam water they fetch for domestic and commercial use at the expense of their health.
“We share this dam with animals in this community. When it rains, the flash floods carry the debris into the dam making the water unwholesome for human consumption.
We don’t have any other source of drinking water except this one. At the peak of the dry season, the dam will dry up and this will worsen our plight and we are pleading with government to rescue us” the resident expressed.
On his part, the assembly member of Datoyili Electoral Area, Mr Abu Haruna, emphasized that the absence of potable water affects women and children the most in the area.
“The water situation is seriously affecting girl child education in the area. This is because the girls spend ample time searching for water. They trek long distances and they often have less contact hours at school,” he lamented.
Additionally, the chief of Datoyili, Yakubu Napare, contended that the situation was affecting the daily lives of the people and pleaded with government to help provide potable water to reduce their suffering.
“We have been battling with the water crisis for many years now. Our problems usually compound during dry season when all streams and dams dry up. I am making a passionate appeal to government and civil society to come to our aid,” he beseeched.
The likelihood of an outbreak of water born disease in the area is imminent.
By Baba Kamil Mohammed / Sokynewsgh.com / Ghana