While most people are sleeping at night, women in Tumburyiri, a village in the Bole District of the Savannah Region, get up during the night to fetch water from a borehole.
The borehole gives a limited supply of water, as it is pumped dry in a matter of minutes.
Women then have to wait for the aquifer below ground to refill, before water can be pumped again.
To fill a bucket therefore takes a long time.
In the effort to beat their neighbours in the morning, when everyone wakes up, starts the day and needs water before going to to work, women get up at midnight and during the night hours inorder to get water.
A shortage of water in the community has been a problem for years, say the women.
They said inadequate sources of potable water sometimes resulted in violence against women in the community for their inability to get water on time to cook for their husbands working on the farm.
“Sometimes people will be sleeping while we are at the borehole with torch lights queuing for the water, it is worrying us”, Madam Victoria Ama , a resident, told the Yagbon News in an interview.
The community of over 400 people depended on a single borehole which doesn’t flow frequently for water.
She noted that the situation was adversely affecting economic and social lives since they spent productive hours searching for water.
Mr Ontiitey Bofir, a youth in the community emphasized that the situation had posed a serious challenge to the people, particularly women as they had to queue for several hours at the borehole, even at night before they could get water.
The people, particularly women, therefore, appealed to the government, the MP, benevolent organisations and individuals to help alleviate their plight by providing the community with additional sources of potable water.
Tumburyiri is a predominantly farming community in the Bole District located within the Bale Electoral Area.