The Nigerian capital of Lagos suffered through an acute water shortage last weekend as workmen carried out urgent repairs at the city's main waterworks.
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Background: The Nigerian capital of Lagos suffered through an acute water shortage last weekend as workmen carried out urgent repairs at the city's main waterworks.
The Federal Ministry of Works had warned the public to expect a disruption of the water supply on Saturday while engineers made new installations designed to increase the supply of water to lagos. But despite round the block work at the Iju waterworks, 15 miles (24 Kms) north of the capital, the taps remained dry on Sunday as well.
The lack of water sent city residents scrambling to public fountains and ponds. Some people went back to the in bore-wells dug before they had pipe-borne water supplies. Another result of the stoppage was an increase in the sale of soft drinks. Others bought water from speculators who had stored it in drums.
The water stoppage hit most homes, businesses and eating places before normal supplies were restored on Monday.