Residents of Lokoja the Kogi state capital are grappling with water scarcity following the shutdown of the greater Lokoja Water Treatment Plant on March 27th.
The scarcity has affected the production and distribution of sachet water or pure water as many of the manufacturers source their water from the public water works.
According to reports, many of the manufacturers of pure water have closed down operations while those still in production have increased the prices from N100 per bag to N120 per bag. Residents are now patronizing commercial water hawkers known as Mai ruwa.
Speaking on the development, the Public Relations Officer in the state Ministry of Water Resources, Musa Usman, said that the water treatment plant was shut down as a result of electro-mechanical problems.
According to him, four of the six heavy high lift pumps at the plant are down while there is also a major burst on the main supply line.
He said that all the technical hands in the ministry and the waterworks had been deployed to the plant to work on the problems.