Filtu town of Liban zone is facing its worst-ever water crisis as the national power grid connected to the main water supply located in River Ganala got a mechanical fault for more than ten months now and both the regional and federal government failed to timely repair and reconnect the national grid to the affected towns.

It worth mentioning this crisis is also affecting Deka, Hayasuftu, Sero, Haydiimtu and Jaygacaad towns all located in the main road between Negele to Filtu town.

Sprawling queues for water tankers are already a common sight in the affected town and the impending disaster would leave this provision even more thinly stretched as the available earth dams are drying and the Gu rainy season is expected on April.

Long queues for water in Filtu town

According to water specialist,  Water scarcity can be a result of two mechanisms: physical (absolute) water scarcity and economic water scarcity, where physical water scarcity is a result of inadequate natural water resources to supply the region’s demand, and economic water scarcity is a result of poor management of the sufficient available water resources.

The water specialist further say, the latter is found more often to be the cause of our region experiencing water scarcity, as the region have enough water to meet household, industrial, agricultural, and environmental needs, but lack the means to provide it in an accessible manner.

On their side, the local elders from the affected areas are appealing to the regional and federal government respond to the humanitarian crises reported in this zone before the situation goes out of hand.

Filtu dam dried weeks ago

While sending water tankers will temporarily save lives, the authority need to give priority and follow up why there is hesitant to repair the national power grid for this long. The Millions of money spent on the water tracking can be used to fix the problem once and for all which also resonances cost effectiveness.