From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
Members of Unguwan Gandu Zuntu, Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State have said that, access to clean water in the community had significantly changed their lives for good.
They stated this while interacting with journalists who were in the community to assess the impact of Phase II of Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN) project on the people.
A resident , Mrs Matina Tanko, recalled that families in the area had suffered water borne diseases and other related ailments due to unsafe water and poor sanitation conditions, stressing that life had been tough for both the young and the old in the community.
“We had to walk more than two kilometres from our house to River Lakarbu to get drinking water whenever our only source of water, a well became dry.
“The most disturbing problem was that people washed their clothes and bathed in the river. Not only that, cattle also drank, defecated and urinated in the water.
“Yet, we walked for about two kilometres to get these bacteria and germs infected water for drinking, cooking, and other domestic uses, because we had no alternative,“ she said.
The Ward Head of the Community, Mr Yohana Tahum, also said that the people preferred to go to the river, early, to avoid the long queue and hours of waiting to get water from the only well in the community.