The Water coverage in the Sissala East District although not so alarming as in the past years when the over 64,000 masses depended on boreholes which sometimes easily breaks down, there are signals of drop in water coverage.
Had it not been for the revamp of Tumu town water system last year and private providers, water crises would have taken stage of every other challenge in the area.
With borehole coverage of 71.6 percent which is a drop from 99 percent during mid-2017, Water coverage in the district has reduced from 82.36 percent in 2016 to 80.40 percent in 2017.
This is as a result of 82 inoperative boreholes that would have complemented the 148 boreholes in the district to provide safe and clean water for the citizenry.
Out of the three small town water systems in Tumu, Wellembelle and Sakai, only two runs effectively which are the Tumu and Wellembelle water Systems.
In the 2017 annual performance review of Sissala East on 15-Feb-2018, District works engineer Eng. ANGMOR CEPHAS TEYE warns that the situation is not good for the district in terms safe and clean water distribution to the growing population in the district.
He however said that the challenge is due to growing population against the available facilities and none payment of water bills as well as unwillingness towards repairs of broken down boreholes by communities. He encouraged that communities must own and be responsible for repairs of the boreholes.
By david luri/ radfordfmonline.com