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20.01.2016 Health

Water Scarcity Hits Lolonya Residents

By Daily Guide
Water Scarcity Hits Lolonya Residents
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Some residents of Lolonya and some surrounding communities with their gallons in a queue to get water at Akplabanya

Residents of Lolonya in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region say bathing is their least priority because there is no access to water in their community.

Residents are afraid the situation may cause an outbreak of diseases in the community.

They have complained of how long they have to trek long distances to Akplabanya, about three kilometers away, to get clean water daily as a result of water sources drying up in Lolonya.

They are, therefore, appealing to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to get their area connected to a source of potable water.

Residents also narrated how irregular they used to get water supply from the GWCL, but had to be disconnected by the GWCL about two years ago for reasons best known to their supplier.

About 15 wells in the area were either dried up or filled with garbage, compelling residents to trek long distances to Akplabanya in search of potable water for their domestic use; a situation that has badly affected pupils' punctuality and regularity to school.

Speaking with DAILY GUIDE, Ebenezer Tei, an opinion leader in the area, disclosed that wells have dried up since August last year “so we walk long distances to Akplabanya to fetch water. Sometimes, we hire a mini truck or tractor to convey our receptacles to Akplabanya to buy water.”

According to him, management of the Songor Salt Project Company had been supplying them with water on irregular basis because of the huge financial burden that it was having on the budget of the company.

He fears for an outbreak of water-borne disease if the problem is not addressed immediately.

When contacted, officials of the GWCL at the Ada East District were tight lip over the disconnection of the entire Lolonya community.

From Vincent Kubi, Lolonya

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