The saying water is life is gradually becoming a paradox as some neighbourhoods have gone months without regular and qualitative water flow.
Taps have again gone dry in some neighbourhoods in Yaounde, Centre Region. The supply of water is described by inhabitants of such neighbourhoods as scarce, though indispensable.
This has led them to go for alternative sources. In neighbourhoods such as kolbisson in the Yaounde VII municipality that hosts the Mefou Dam and the Water Treatment Centre that supplies water to the municipality and neighbouring city, inhabitants say the last time water supply was regular was four months ago.
This notwithstanding, residents are served bills at the end of each month for metre rents. “We had regular water supply before the rehabilitation of the Water Treatment Plant,” Emmanuel said.
Other neighbourhoods like Tam-Tam Weekend, Etoug-Ebe and TKC, are in the same situation. Those in Etoug-Ebe say they have gone for two weeks without regular water supply, while inhabitants of TKC say it’s a week now since their taps ran dry.
Those in Tam-Tam have also gone for days without the precious liquid. “The past three days has been hell,” Rodrigue Ngansop, Etoug-Ebe resident said, stating that it was the first time his family was faced with such difficulty since moving into the neighbourhood a year ago.
The Cameroon Water Utilities Corporation, CAMWATER, is however aware of the inconveniences, but says construction work on some parts of the city, coupled with the insufficient quantity of water makes it difficult to manage demand.
Construction works cause the displacement of some pipes, tampering with water supply. Technicians of this company also say they dry season is always embedded by water shortage .
Nevertheless the Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba announces that minor and major enterprises will have récurent water shortage and power failure so as to channel more resources to domestic houses .
Yaounde habitants complain of not only the scarcity of water but it’s unhygienic condition.