The Kwahu residents scooping water from the ground
An acute water shortage has hit Obo in the Kwahu South District of the Eastern Region, compelling the over 4,000 residents to fetch water from the nearby streams for domestic uses.
The water shortage has occurred because the pipelines that supply water from the Kwahu Water Project located at Kotoso to the Obo town are said to have gotten damaged for the past three months but the Ghana Water Company has failed to do anything about it.
DAILY GUIDE’s visit to Obo last Saturday revealed that almost half of the people were in long queues in about six areas fetching water from rocks.
The residents, as gathered, get up at dawn and go to queue up for long hours before they get some of the water, thereby disrupting classes as school children are not left out of the search for water.
Meanwhile, some of the residents who don’t want to fetch water from the streams buy from private tanker drivers.
Those who are not staying far from the community water reservoir also go there for their water needs, although it was learnt that that source is even not reliable because of the drought.
The Obo electoral area assembly man, Kwame Sefa, who took this reporter around said, “The community’s source of water is the Kwahu Water Project but for the past three months the pipe lines connected to the community have gotten broken.”
According to him, he had tried all that he could to get the authorities to remedy the situation but they had paid no heed to him.
He corroborated the fact that students and pupils have to wake up at dawn and go looking for water before they bath to school.
He added that the community has two reservoirs which are filled with water that comes from rocks but due to the dry season, they have not been serving the people adequately.
Mr Kwame Sefa hinted that due to the situation, the water used by the residents is not treated, adding that it could give rise to water-borne diseases.
Some of the residents who spoke to DAILY GUIDE appealed to corporate institutions to help provide boreholes in the area to resolve the problem.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Obo