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Water scarcity hits Sokoto, residents rush moving tankers

As water scarcity bites harder, Sokoto residents chase after moving water tankers to get supplies.

The Sokoto Water Board has not been able to pump water through the pipeline network since contractors stopped supplying expensive diesel to pump water.

It was gathered that due to the unavailability of diesel, the water board resorted to distributing water using tankers that go to households.

Residents have been seen chasing after water tankers at Masallacin Shehu, Atiku UbanDoma, Sabon Birni, Aliyu Jodi, and Kofar Kade among other residential areas.

Other residents trooped to the Water Board headquarters and to water treatment plants on Illela Road to fetch water.

A source at the Water Board told newsmen that aside unavailability of diesel, other logistics like debt owed to contractors supplying water treatment chemicals were challenges being faced.

The source hinted that contractors stopped supply because of unpaid accumulated expenses by the government.

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