With barely three months into the Dry Season, residents of Monrovia and surrounding areas are confronted with the problem of water shortage as wells and hand pumps run dried, thereby prompting owners to restrict  those seeking to fetch water in communities.

The residents are often seeing mainly in the morning and evening hours moving from one area to another with buckets and gallons on their heads in search of water.

Some well owners nowadays open their wells only in the morning or evening hours as opposed to twice daily apparently so that they cannot run out of the commodity.

There are reports that residents who depend on streams as their only source of water supply are also finding it difficult in getting water because streams too are drying out.

The residents, most of whom are women and children, in separate interviews with the In Profile Daily, described the situation as worrisome and scaring.

They lamented that people drink all sorts of water in the absence of safe- drinking water just to get life moving.
According to them, owners of wells are unusually requesting them to pay fees before they are allowed access to their facilities nowadays.

Scores of students also told this paper that they are greatly affected by the shortage of water as some of them sometime arrive on campuses very late because they have to look for water all around in the morning before going to school.

A female student who attends the St. Mary Catholic School in Duala, Bushrod Island who begged not to be named boldly said: “I do not bother myself these days to go in search of water to take bath after I was denied of entering class two times for lateness. I can just buy a five Liberian-dollar plastic bag of water and wipe up myself and make my way to school”.

Residents of Central Monrovia also complained that those who sell water in wheelbarrows around town capitalize on the situation to exploit them. They narrated that a five-gallon container of water which was sold for L$25 is now being sold for L$30-35.

They expressed fears that there could be an outbreak of cholera and other water borne diseases if the Government of Liberia and relevant non-governmental organizations operating in the country fail to remedy the situation before the Dry Season ends.