Lagos attempts to remedy water insecurity

Owing to water shortages and the Lagos population having to resort to unorthodox means to access water, the state government has begun to work on a plan to provide residents of the megacity with water. The recently-initiated process will deliver over 900 million litres of potable water to the homes of residents.

This Day reports: “According to residents who spoke on the issue, nearly every household in the state either digs well or sinks boreholes within their premises despite the grave consequences of such measures on the environment and an ominous trend the state’s Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello acknowledged.

He disclosed that the challenge of providing potable water has led the governor, Babatunde Fashola, to set up a technical committee to nip the problem in the bud. He added that the committee’s agenda is crucial to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by Nigeria before 2015.

Accordingly, the committee under the chairmanship of the commissioner has a mandate to aggressively develop an effective and people-oriented water supply and sanitation policy for Lagos State. To develop the policy, the commissioner said stakeholders’ meetings had been held in three senatorial districts, which he said, were organised to get the input and views of the state’s residents across the local councils.

The consultant explained that the state government completed the construction of the Ota-ikosi water works, which is expected to add to the current available potable water, 900 million litres. He added that these are expected to provide water to 8 million residents in the state. However, the consultant said the problem of water shortage in the state would not be solved when there is a limited distribution network due to limited right of way in the state. The state has network coverage of about 44 per cent and aged infrastructure. Actual production capacity, which was roughly put at 21.6 per cent before the installation of the independent power project has gone up to about 57.2 per cent.

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