March 29, 2017 Ibrahim K. Turay
The covered borehole at pipe line, Dwazark is used for drinking.
Dozens of residents of Dwarzark Community have complained about acute shortage of water in their community, thus calling on government to intervene immediately.
Water crisis has been a perennial problem in Freetown over the past years, especially for people staying in mountain top communities where pipe born water supply is inaccessible.
Residents in the Dwarzark community have complained that they were not accessing pure drinking water.
One of the residents, Peter Samuels, said he has lived in the community for over 50 years, and that borehole has been the only source of water for majority of residents.
“This is the only source in this community where over 500 people fetch water on a daily basis. We haven’t money to fence the surroundings. As it is, it poses risk, because any wicked person could come in overnight and contaminate it,” he said.
He expressed serious doubt over its purity for drinking and that it becomes more dangerous during the raining season.
He noted that some organisations operating in the community used to help them with some medicine to purify the borehole, thus making it pure for drinking.
He stated that for long time now, they have not been getting any medicine to purify the water.
The caretaker of the borehole, Joseph Lebbie, said he has been in charge of the facility for two decades now and has been facing lots of challenges in ensuring that the environment remains clean.
Lebbie said he has got sleepless night as he usually wakes up at 3am to open the borehole to the public.
Meanwhile,Councilor for Ward 384 in the Dwarzark community, Shaka Lamin Dumbuya, said access to clean and safe drinking water was one of his agendas, and that he has been working with some NGOs to install hand pump wells at the community centre.
But Concord Times observed that those projects were yet to be actualized as there was only one empty Milla tank found at the sight the councilor was referring to.
A teacher at the community, Mohamed Koroma, who refused to disclose his school, pegged teenage pregnancy to water crisis as most pupils fetch water at night.
He said if the government or some community stakeholders will help them improve the well and construct more wells in order to control teenage pregnancy in the community.