Water makes up 75 per cent of the human body and most human activities involve water. But many homes in Foncha Street Nkwen do not have access to the regular follow of water. Even when supplied, the quality is very doubtful. The water that flows from the taps is very dirty, brown in color and contaminated at times.
But the situation is getting worst as people have to go for weeks and even months without potable water flowing from their taps. Fresh water has becoming increasingly scarce but we pay water bills monthly. Each day, before a majority of the inhabitants wake up in the morning, taps have already stopped flowing and water returns only after one or two days. This is when the situation is good. At times water stop following for one week and may start flowing again only after midnight when it comes back.
The population therefore must wake-up late at night or before 4:00 a.m. to fill containers with water. But the quantity of water stored is hardly enough for a day in a big family. The health challenges that result from these shortages are on the rise. The supply of pipe-borne water has become so unreliable. It is important that we focus on water-borne illnesses especially like diarrheal, intestinal worm infections, typhoid and cholera outbreaks. This focus will strengthen the capacities of community stakeholders so that they can perform their role in the improvement of clean water and sanitation standards.
Inhabitants of Bamenda buy water from Public taps. Public taps have been privatized and managed by individuals as private ventures in strict application of modalities laid down by the City Council, however many individuals around Nkwen who relied completely on public taps are finding it very difficult to get water. Some local authorities have constructed water catchments for their communities which they own and manage. But this is not the best for people.
The water supply body in Cameroon was first controlled by the National Water Supply Company of Cameroun (SNEC).It was created on May 13, 1967 and was entrusted the continuity. Production and the distribution of good quality water to the populations of Cameroon. But it failed. Then came Camerounaise Des Eaux (CDE),born out of the reform of the urban drinking water and waterworks sector undertaken by the Government of Cameroon in 2005, the firm Cameroonian Water WAS incorporated in December 2007 under Cameroonian law, with mission to provide drinking water services in urban and suburban centers. Cameroonian Water started it activities on the May 2, 2008 for a period of ten years and there has been no improvement till date. The dwindling water supply problems could be attributed to sale of government owned public utility systems to private, profit motivated corporations with ageing infrastructures.
Should Cameroonian all die of water born diseases before Billions CFA’S be set as side to rescue victims?
Enough of this hypocrisy!
Our lives are at risk!
Something Must Be Done!