Residents of Kunfaabiela, a farming community in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region have been hit hard by water crisis as a result of low water table in the area.
The community numbering over 800 people has only two boreholes but only one could provide them with water during this dry season, resulting to the entire population resorting to the one borehole for water creating serious problem among dwellers.
Narrating their ordeal, Madam Adjoah a resident, says in order to get a basin of water in the morning, one would have to wake up as early as 3:00am to join a queue and would have to be in the queue till 8:00am before it gets to the persons’ turn to fetch the water adding that, the situation creates tumultous and heated drama among women at the borehole site.
“Access to water in this community is very challenging, before you get water you must wake up around 3:00am-4:00am and be at the site of the borehole, if you came 3:am know that you will get water at 8:am and if you came 4:am you will be getting water around 9:00am or 10:00am. Getting water to prepare food is difficult and that mostly results to us having querrel with our husbands. The situation affects our children’s education, they go to school very late and it has affected our productivity in the farms too”.
Also Madam Dery Elizebeth, a native of Kunfaabiela says they have been wrestling one another at the borehole site for water and thereby appealed to benevolent organisations as well as government to come to their aid.
“We are appealing to government and other benevolent organisations to come to our aid, we beat one another, wrestling has been another talent we uncovered here as a result of our quest for water, the water crisis is causing harm to us and we need urgent help” she stated.
Meanwhile, Hon. Joseph Manyeng immediate fomer Assemblyman for the area explains that, the community depends on two borehole to access water but the second one has broken down leaving them with no option than to resort to the current one.
He indicated that, the Wa Municipal Assembly has tried severally to drill a borehole to avert the plight of the people but they could not get water because the water table of the community has been low. Hon. Joseph appeals for support to get the current borehole mechanised so that it can help mitigate the sufferings of the people a bit.
However attempts to contact the current Assemblymember proved futal, but the Upper West Regional Office of Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) when contacted stated that, the community is not among the list of communities they operate currently and however assured the news team that investigation will be conducted immedietely in order to proffer solutions that will help obviate the current situation the people of Kunfaabiela are going through.