Residents in the state capital Bor say the influx of foreign traders has pushed water prices beyond the reach of poor locals.
Ayong Malual Manyang, a resident of Panliet decried the high prices, saying the foreign traders were exploiting the locals with the full knowledge of the scarcity of the commodity.
She, however, criticised the locals for watching as foreigners take over the lucrative water business.
“Why do we sit idly and leaving foreigners to take over businesses and jobs within our communities while it is our duty to take part in building our own nation”, she said.
“I urge the youth to take part in water business in order to uplift their living standards especially since getting government jobs has become difficult”, she said.
The Bor residents have appealed to the state government to sink more boreholes to address the recurrent water shortage.