#WWD2015 Bamenda Water Crisis Two

By Bakah Derick

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As part of efforts to solve the water crisis in the Northwest Regional headquarters Bamenda, Northwest Governor Adolph Lele L’afrique Tchoffo Deben in November 2014 appointed Mr Nguele Nguele Felix Senior Divisional Officer SDO for Mezam to head a special Water Crisis Committee.
Talking to the SDO recently in his Bamenda upstation office as part of activities leading to World Water Day 2015 #WWD@2015, he explained to hilltopvoices that Bamenda is usually supplied with 8000cl of water from the city's lone storage tank daily. In a bid to clean the tank in December 2014 which is an annual activity, an accident occurred causing all the water content to run down stream.  Nguele Nguele added, this reduced the water far below the supply pipe causing the crisis. 

Army Rescue Supplying Water in Bamenda. Photo Credit Richard Ndeh

Together with the state water supplier CDE, a machine was brought from Douala to get some water up stream. This effort yielded less than 6000cl of water which is far insufficient to serve Bamenda he noted.  To be able to assist the population, a plan was hashed by the special committee to supply water to city dwellers using tankers of the Army Rescue Unit and CAMWATER at particular spots and time in Bamenda. It was not long when this plan was heavily criticized by the population as the tankers could not respect the laid down plan for the distribution. To this the SDO explained that they could not get many tankers needed but the few they could get supplied water based on the need as indicated by Quarter Heads.
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