Juba Town Residents decry water shortage

Empty water jerrycans (Photo: Mandela Nelson Denis)

By Mandela Nelson Denis

Residents of Juba Town have decried over water shortage that has hit the area for about two weeks now.

The water shortage is reportedly caused by break down in the water supply system managed by the Urban Water Corporation.

A resident of Juba Town residential area who has only identified herself as Grace told Juba Monitor yesterday that for almost two weeks, there is no water supply from the water tapes they have in their homes.

Residents of Juba used to receive water pumped by the Urban Water Corporation.

Grace said the water tapes went dry after the water pump at the supply centre broke down. However Juba Monitor could not independently verify the alleged cause of water shortage in Juba Residential areas.

Many of the residents have now resorted to buying water from water tankers and water supplied by bicycles.

“The tap at my compound has been dry for the last one week. It is now making two weeks. My house is self-contained and the lack of water has made it so difficult to use the toilet in the house,” she said pointing at her empty jerry cans.

“Doing domestic house work such as washing has become so difficult,” she added.

Grace revealed that she spends 50 South Sudanese Pounds on each jerry can of water.

“Since one jerry can of water is at fifty Pound, I have to buy eight jerrycans everyday spending 400 Pounds on water daily which is expensive for me,” stressed Grace said.

As Juba town residents faced water problems, Charles Kavuma who sells water on bicycle said it is an opportunity for him to make money.

Charles told Juba Monitor that since the water demand in Juba Residential areas has increased, he has raised the price of water per jerry can from 30 SSP to 50 SSP.

“I supply over one hundred jerrycans of water to different households in Juba Town. Many homes need clean water and this has made me to increase the price so that I can serve those who are really in need and serious buyers,” Kavuma said.

The water shortage has forced some residents like Wantu Gabriel to fetch water from River Nile at Gabat for washing clothes and cleaning house.

Wantu told Juba Monitor that though he has fears of using the Nile water because it is not clean, the water problems has left him with no option.

“I hope the problem can be fixed but for now the Nile is our only option though we can’t drink it but we can use it for washing,” he said.

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