This picture was taken outside our compound. We are fortunate to have a borehole (well) on our compound and as a service to the neighborhood we provide free water one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening.
This time of the year is the height of the dry season and wells are beginning to dry up and the city reservoir is running low. This along with distribution problems creates a big problem for most of the residence of Jos. Many people buy water and others roam the city looking for taps like ours to get water from. Each day there is a long line of people seeking water from our tap.
From October to April or May there is little or no rain in most parts of Nigeria. We had a brief rainstorm in December of last year and some people told us that it was the first time it rained in December in 30 years. Basically for at least half of the year it is dry, and drier. Most people get water from shallow hand dug wells or they buy it. There are some boreholes, but they are expensive and most people cannot afford them. Jos has a public water distribution system but it is not always reliable and water is rationed at the end of the dry season (February – April).