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Our water is contaminated with crude oil. We cook and bath with bottled, sachet water

Niger Delta Oil Spillage

Chief Harrison Odungwere, the monarch of Mbunmeta community located in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, has revealed that people in his community cook, bath, and wash with bottled and sachet water.

This is because the groundwater in the area has been contaminated. Even boreholes in the area produce water containing crude oil substances.

He noted that those who cannot afford to buy clean water continue to consume benzene contaminated water because there’s no access to potable water in the community.

“I have about 300 bags of sachet water, which we use for cooking and bathing, which will last my family a week. But those who can’t afford bottled or sachet water still drink, bathe and cook with the contaminated water,” the monarch said.

“Our community is heavily impacted and polluted by hydrocarbons for the past 15 years or thereabouts.

“The Ogale people have been drinking highly polluted water and suffering until when the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project came up and started supplying potable water with tankers, which was a big relief that time until that programme failed.”

“The NDDC has dug one borehole somewhere in our community for people go to fetch water, but it is not enough. We need an industrialised water supply system that will be connected to people’s homes in our community,” he said.

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