Residents in Kano Struggle with Increasing Water Scarcity Despite Efforts to Find Solutions

Dealing with water scarcity has become a significant challenge for residents in Kano, where a gallon of water now fetches a price of N200 within the city.

Despite the state government’s attempts to tackle this ongoing issue, many residents still have to trek long distances to access water from boreholes provided by generous individuals.

Areas most severely impacted by the recurring water shortages include Dala, Fagge, Gwale, Kano Municipal, Kumbotso, Tarauni, Nassarawa, and Ungogo.

Residents in these regions rely heavily on the State Water Board, government-established boreholes, philanthropic initiatives, and water vendors for their daily water needs.

The persistence of the scarcity has led water vendors, known as ‘Mai Ruwa’, to exploit the situation by hiking prices by up to 200%.

Expressing their frustrations, some Kano residents highlighted the disparity of vendors profiting while they bear the brunt of the water scarcity.

Efforts to ensure a consistent and accessible supply of safe drinking water to residents in Kano have proven futile against the annual recurrence of this challenge.

Past administrations made numerous attempts to alleviate the scarcity, particularly in the metropolitan zones, but these efforts were largely ineffective.

Various obstacles impacting water supply in the city persist, including underground cable theft, erratic and insufficient power supply, and a lackadaisical attitude among some water consumers.

Significant financial allocations have been dedicated annually to address the water crisis, such as the over N31 billion budgeted in 2018 by the former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration for water provision in the state.

In response to the current water scarcity in parts of the city, the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Ali Haruna Makoda, provided assurances that the issue would soon be resolved.

He stated that the government had implemented various strategies to tackle the problem effectively.

The commissioner attributed the challenges to outdated equipment, particularly at the Tamburawa Water Treatment Plant, a crucial water source for much of Kano metropolis.

Harsh weather conditions, with soaring temperatures, were also identified as contributing to the water shortage as people increase their water consumption to cope.

Addressing the inherited deficiency in the water sector, Makoda stated, “Our administration has significantly improved water supply, meeting over 60% of our people’s water needs, in contrast to the previous administration’s inadequate 20% supply.”

The current administration is making substantial monthly investments exceeding N1.2 billion to enhance water supply, covering expenses for diesel, chemical procurement costing N387 million, and electricity bills amounting to N280 million.

Furthermore, the state government has partnered with the French Government for a 63.4 million Euros project to construct a new Water Treatment Plant.

Emphasizing the commitment to ensuring ample drinking water in Kano, the commissioner stated, “The government is dedicated to providing sufficient portable drinking water, investing significantly to meet the water needs of the community.”

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