With the estimated requirements of about 20-50 liters of water per day for human consumption with respect to drinking, cooking, keeping of the body and immediate environment clean, etc, it is obvious that water is a fundamental need of the human existence.
Yet, the availability of good water source remains one of the greatest challenges around hilly areas such as the northern part of Abia State. Our finding posits that drilling boreholes in LGAs like Umuahia North, Arochukwu, Bende, Isukwuato, Umunnenochi, Ohafia remains one of the backbreaking things to do, thereby subjecting our people to using stream water and exposing them to preventable water-related ailments such as cholera.
Albeit, some communities in Abia North can now heave a sigh of relief as Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, through servicing of the World Bank counterpart fund, used Abia CSDP to rescue communities across Abia. One of the first communities visited during the Abia Online Media tour this week is Amaokwe-Elu community, Amankalu, Alayi in Bende LGA. According to one of the villagers, heretofore, their only source of water was a very hilly, yet distant River which cannot be classified as a clean water.