The oil rich state of Bayelsa has been hit by water scarcity.

With the fuel scarcity and epileptic power supply, water scarcity became inevitable in the state capital, Yenagoa.

The situation has now pushed up cost of water in the city of Yenagoa

Residents now spend more to buy water for domestic uses as they relied on water vendors who sell water in carts because there is no more pipe-borne water.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a 20-litre jerry can of water, which sold for 20-naira before, now goes for 30-naira.

Abdullahi Ahmed, a water vendor, said that the price increase was due to the prolonged power outage and exorbitant fuel price which had remained at 200-naira per litre.

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“The light situation in Yenagoa is affecting our businesses; most people with boreholes, where we buy water, are not willing to buy fuel at 200 naira per litre to pump water.

“Some of them, who use generators sell to us at high rates, as they have no choice, and we have to pass the cost to our customers. Although they complain, we explain to them.

“We do not find it easy to cope with the high demand this dry season; the job of ‘meruwa’ (water vendor) is energy sapping.

“Every day, you have pains all over the body, so what I do is to rest when the sun is much.

“We even charged higher to those who stay on upstairs. We don’t always like to carry water to such customers, we charge like 40 naira per jerry can for people that stay in first floor, while we take 50 naira for higher floors,” he said.

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