Residents of Djerkiti, a farming village in the Lower Manya Krobo municipality, are now drinking from a polluted small hand-dug pond after the only borehole serving the entire community broke down.
The small dug-out, which is their only source of drinking water is not only muddy but contaminated.
The chief and opinion leaders of the village said many appeals made to government through the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly and other political heads in the municipality to construct at least one borehole or a well for them, have all fallen on deaf ears.
The chief, Dadematse Moses Tetteh Padi, made this known during a community durbar to welcome Kloma Hengme, a Krobo advocacy and heritage association, which visited the village to embark on a number of developmental activities.
The chief, accompanied by his elders, took the association members to their source of drinking water.
Dadematse Padi said their continuous reliance on the unhygienic source of drinking water often resulted in frequent outbreak of cholera, strange skin rashes, dysentery and other water-borne diseases in the village.
Speaking further, he said the unsafe water source often discouraged teachers from accepting postings to the area, and added that the few who eventually honour their postings rely on bags of water sachets for cooking and drinking.
”Now teachers do not accept postings here. When they come and see our water source, they run away. Only a few of them [teachers] are here, but they bring water sachets they bought from Odumase or Otrokper for cooking and drinking purposes. Most of our classrooms are empty without teachers. Our school children are the worst losers here,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Kloma Hengme Association, Isaac Tamatey Otu, who was worried over the situation, noted that the Krobo region hosts two important water treatment plants (at Kpong and Bukunor) but wondered why treated water was the most scarce commodity on Krobo soil.
From David Kodjo, Djerkiti.