According to Punch Metro, residents in the Calabar-South and Calabar Municipality axis of the metropolis expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of water in the last two months.
They lamented that the situation had forced them to resort to the use of sachet water.
There are indications that the water situation was worsened by the kidnap of the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr. Gabriel Odu-Oji, who was released after the payment of N10.4m ransom to the kidnappers who held him for 31 days.
A resident of Asari-Iso in Calabar Municipality, Mrs. Magdalene Okoi, said the situation was worrisome, adding that it has worsened the economic state of most homes because of the huge bills being incurred with the constant purchase of sachet water.
Another resident of Howel Street, off Mayne Avenue in Calabar South, Mr. Etim Daniel, said the area had been without water for more than three months.
In his reaction, Managing Director of the Cross River State Water Board, Prof. Godwin Igile, said the corporation was carrying out maintenance as a result of large-scale vandalisation.
“For a very long time now, we have not done maintenance, so we decided to carry it out and we don't know when it be completed so we don't know when we will start pumping water to residents.
“I took over in December 2015 and we had water all through last year. I plead with consumers to bear with us while we are trying to give them portable drinking water.