Lagos plans N50b 700m litres per day water plants

 Dr Babatunde Adejare

Dr Babatunde Adejare

Poised to ensure production, distribution and sale of potable water to her teeming population, Lagos state government has embarked on the construction of three new water plants valued at N50 billion in the State. On completion, the plants will produce a cumulative 700 million litres per day, which will complement other efforts to address perennial water shortage in the state.

According to the state’s Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, the plants when operational will bridge the difference between supply and demand and ensure that residents have access to potable water.

He stressed that though the provision of water supply is capital intensive, the state government, is however, determined to venture into the project through Public Private Partnership initiative in order to ensure adequate production, distribution and sale of potable water to all residents and consumers in the state.

The commissioner, who also announced a new policy on sales of sachet and bottle water, said henceforth manufacturers of packaged water through boreholes must show evidence of purity or they will be made to quit the business.

On government’s efforts so far to address acute water shortages noticed early this year, Dr Adejare said, it is gratifying to know that production has commenced 24 hours daily at the four million gallons per day  (MGD) Isashi Waterworks, leading to the supply of   uninterrupted water to Okokomaiko, Ojo, Baracks, Alakija. Mazamaza, Mile 2 and other adjoining communities.

Similarly, he said the Lagos state Water Corporation has reconnected Adiyan water works to Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) and Iju water works to generators, leading to the resumption of water production.

According to him, with the completion of rehabilitated 2 Million Gallon MGD in Somolu, Magodo, Badore and I MGD at Idimu Water works, the Lagos state water corporation has begun water production in these Water works.

He said; “ the completion of Otta-Ikosi 4MGD Regional Water Scheme with 80.32 Km pipe Network/ Reticulation covering eleven communities of Ado, Agbowa, Ago- Hausa, Ago-Owu, Ajebonorugbo, Iganke, Ikosi, Odo-Ayandelu and Otta Ikosi, there had been full supply of water to these communities, while the Mosan Okunola mini Waterworks with 5.0Km pipe Network/ Reticulation in the Local council development areas has also commenced full production and supply of water to serve Abesan, Baruwa and other neighbouring communities.

“The completed 315 mm UPVC at Gbagada General Hospital has made water available to Gbagada, Sholuyi and Medina Estate.” he added.These efforts, he said, is making water supply bit stable throughout Lagos metropolis.

Other on-going projects embarked to improve water supply in the state, the commissioner said, include, Second National Urban Water Sector reform project funded by Agence Francaise Development (AFD) for rehabilitation / expansion of Water Distribution Network in the Lagos service Area 2, that is Surulere, Yaba/ Ebute Metta, Iwaya and Itire) and Service Area 8 made up of Victoria Island and Lekki.

“There is also construction of 70 MGD Adiyan Water works Phase 11 including ND1600mm ductile Iron pipes for raw water mains between Akute intake and Adiyan head works”. He added.

Also as parts of efforts to find a lasting solution to issues arising from over billing, no billion, double billing, no water, water leakages and non reflection of payments, he said, the corporation has carried out verification exercise of its customers in Surulere, Oworonsoki, Yaba, Ebute Metta, Iwaya axis of the state and would be extended to other parts of Lagos metropolis in due course, so as to ensue that every home is connect to Lagos water.

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