Rivers and creeks are drying up in Morris Farm, a community of about 50,000 inhabitants northeast of Paynesville City.
Among the most affected water ways are Mango and Gbeh rivers and Desert Hill and Crab Hole creeks.
Several inhabitants of Morris Farm told the Daily Observer during the weekend that they have to get up as early as 4:30 a.m. to be able to get water for domestic use from the remaining hand pumps in the area.
Owners of restaurants, tuck shops, bars and other entertainment centers also complained that they are having problems accessing safe drinking water for their customers.
“We encountered some serious difficulties in catering to our Christmas Day customers,” restaurant proprietress Hawa B. Giddings said.
She added that she has considerably reduced the quantity of food she prepares every day as a result of the constant lack of sufficient water.
“I would like for the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) during this dry season to extend its water connection to our community,” Mrs. Giddings said.
Resident Milton M. Bleetan said the swamp land, which was brushed and burnt in preparation for planting corn, cucumber, bitter ball and okra, dried up in November. He added that the small creek that he used to rely on to plant cash crops dried up on December 5.
“I would like for agriculture extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) to come and help us with new methods for planting and maintaining our wells,” Mr. Bleetan pleaded.
Many residents, however, said that they still get water from hand pumps in the area, but that they find it difficult to get the quantity of water they need.