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Residents of Dompoase-Fabi electoral area in the Asokwa municipality of the Ashanti region and are resorting to unhygienic sources following a water shortage blamed on Kofi Job construction who is working at the Ahinsan-Bosomtwe Highway.

In some areas like Fabi, Dompoase and Esereso, Silver FM's Akwadaa Nyame reports that they had dirty water briefly flow through their taps after being without water for the past two months.

While in Dompoase, they have been without water for the past two months and only depend on sachet water while other areas like Fabi and Esereso have been without water for the past one month, two weeks and only depend on stream which is not hygienic because of the refuse dump from the Dompoase land filled site which is near the stream.

“It has become very difficult doing the house chores, washing and cleaning. Even the water to bath is a problem and we don’t know what the problem is because we cannot continue to endure this,” one frustrated resident told the reporter.

Another resident said, “The situation is becoming dire for some of us as our husbands are skipping work because we cannot get water for them to bath. Also, we cannot even go about our daily business because we cannot bath to step out to. We have to resort to sachet water which is really not helping issues.”

“The Ghana Water Company Limited in the Ashanti Regional capital led by Samsom Ampa came here but since then we have not seen anything, “another resident added.

 Speaking with the Assemby Member of the area, Hon Thomas Agyare, he accused the contractor for cutting the pipe line connected from Ghana Water Company to their area. He said, the contractor is working on the Bosomtwe road and that is the cause of the problem but the contractor should have done something about it when they find out that the pipe line has been destroyed but has refused to do it.

In Ghana, statistics shows that, close to seven million people rely on surface water to meet their daily water needs, leaving them vulnerable to water-related illness and disease.

 Reports also show that about 67 percent of Ghanaians lack access to improved sanitation or are entirely without toilet facilities.

The majority of households without access to safe water and sanitation lack the upfront funds needed to invest in their own solutions, the report has revealed.

Apparently, those living in poverty often pay up to ten times more per liter for water service from private vendors than their middle-class counterparts connected to piped water services.

Credit:  Akwadaa Nyame (Silver 98.3FM)

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