Water Board Supplies ‘Colored’ Water To Calabar Residents, Blames ‘Flushing Of The Storage’

In Breaking News, Health, Reports

By Jonathan Ugbal

Residents of Calabar, the Cross River State capital were on Thursday morning shocked when they were supplied “colored” water by the state’s owned water board limited (CRSWBL).

The social media sphere was on Thursday morning agog with images of the colored water supplied to certain areas of the metropolis including densely populated areas such as Marian, Etta Agbor, Goldie, Mayne Avenue and Ekpo Abasi.

This comes less than two weeks after the House of Assembly slammed the agency for poor performance and the management blamed some of its failings on lack of funding.

However, the agency blamed this on the flushing of its “storage tank and pipe network” and assured that potable water will be reticulated by evening.

“Please be rest assured that management is doing everything possible to ensure restoration of regular clean, potable water before evening fall today,” read a statement signed by the Managing Director, Mr. Godwin Igile.

But, as at 6:30 PM local time, this reporter observed that the water supplied was still colored.

Below is a video of a tap located at Marian, a highbrow street in Calabar.

“This is wicked! How can they say it is flushing of pipes and what? Storage tanks? Could they not have informed us first? Why will they reticulate dirty water? I will sue water board to God. If it was clean water, they will not supply. But look at the mud they are giving us since November when the taps ran last. Nonsense!” Sais Mfon Edet, a resident along Marian who claimed his body was itching from bathing the water.

The colored water continued dripping till about 7:15 pm when this reporter left to file in his report.

Colored water continued dripping till past 6:00PM despite assurances from the authorities (Credit: CrossRiverWatch/Jonathan Ugbal)

Mr. Igile had received flak from residents after he claimed that the colored water supplied last year was due to the same reason while as guest on weekly topical issues program; ‘The Dialogue With Agba Jalingo’ on Hit FM.

Mr. Igile told the hosta that the agency had apologized for that and wondered why people had not forgotten about it. This had angered some listeners who insistes that he apologizes again for the act and his stance on those demanding apologies.

The recent supply is coming almost a year after same thing happened in March 2017 and lasted for a couple of days.

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