By: Freeman Azietroga/www.africanakua.com,Ghana
AFRICA.NAKUA.COM can report that residents of Awutu Loye, a farming community in the Awutu Senya West District of the Central Region have been dangerously drinking from a contaminated stream due to lack of potable drinking water in the area.
However, what appears to be the worry of residents in the area is the unconcerned posture of the government to provide the people with a reliable source of water.
This worrying situation, according to our sources, is exposing the entire community with a population of about 900 people to potential water borne diseases.
Even though some communities in the Central Region, particularly the ones in the farming communities are known for their perennial water crisis, particularly during the dry season, the situation at Awutu Loye community has become the worst which needs an urgent attention of the central government.
The struggle for the scarce resource robs residents of productive man hours as they sometimes spend most part of the day in search of water for domestic use.
In most rural communities in the Central Region, streams and dams are the only sources of water. However, during the dry season these water bodies dry up leaving residents to walk longer distance to access water.
Ironically, residents of Awutu Loye, are no strangers to this phenomenon. The community is without a dam and the only source of water there is a stream which is even far away from the village.
During the rainy season, women of Awutu Loye do not have much trouble searching for water as the streams are usually filled to the brim.
But as the rains depart and the dry season is ushered in, the streams begin to dry up and residents begin to wander from community to community in search of water.
This is the situation residents of Awutu Loye and other communities currently find themselves in.
Speaking in an interview with AFRICA.NAKUA.COM, the visibly distraught residents led by their “Odikro”, Mr. James Bortey, disclosed that the entire community largely depend on the contaminated water from the stream which is infested with germs.
According to the residents, they are about nine hundred people but they all depend on the small stream which is unhygienic and contaminated with germs and that is only source of water they can have access to.
They have therefore charged the Member of Parliament for the area, who also doubles as the Deputy Minister for Communicarions Mr. Nenyi George Andah and the District Chief Executive (DCE) Stephen Kwame Quaye to respond to their water crisis else they will vote massively against the MP during the 2020 general elections.