Residents decry high water rates

By Mandela Nelson Denis

The economy is biting hard onto the lives of ordinary citizens in the country forcing them to complain of high water rates across Juba city.

For the drivers they blamed the increase in water prices to the devaluation of United States of America Dollar that has led to increase in fuel prices hence the hike in water prices.

In an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor one of the residents in Gudele one Aban Joseph said that currently he is  buying a 250 litre of water at 500ssp compared to 300ssp some weeks back.

Agany Williams who resides in Munuki revealed  that sometimes he pays 450ssp for a drum of water when the sellers are scarce  in the area.

“There is no fixed prices of water, every seller has his or her own price and this is impacting greatly on some of us”, said Agany

Agany blames the unstable high rates of water on the non-regulatory system in the country.

“This water if our water from the Nile and we cannot be buying it expensively, the authorities needs to come up with a fixed price of selling River water to the citizens”, ban said

Despite the devaluation of South Sudanese pound, Christine Awoi still believes that the price of water that is naturally given should not be expensive.

“The water is from our River Nile, so I don’t see the reason why it should be that expensive, the government needs to look into this, we cannot continue to buy our own water expensive”, said Awoi

Mukasa Akim a water tank seller told Juba Monitor that the prices of water depends on the location adding that people nearer to Juba town buy water a t low prices compared to those away from Juba town.

Mukasa said that in Thonping and its surrounding buys a drum of water ranges from 350-400ssp.

“we sell water according to the location for example in Thonping and its neighboring a drum of 250 litre ranges from 350-400ssp and places such as Gudele one, Gudele Two and Gueri it costs 500ssp because of the distance”, said Mukasa

Majority of Residents depends on River water for their daily chores such as washing clothes, cooking food and some people even drink.

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