The Lagos State Government has again appealed to Lagosians to bear with her as residents in some parts of the state are experiencing disruption in public water supply in their areas, saying that this is due to shortage in gas supply to the Akute Independent Power Plant (IPP) and other facilities.
The State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, who made the appeal recently, stated that the inadequate supply of gas can be attributed to the vandalisation of gas pipelines in the Niger Delta Region of the country, adding that the adverse effect of this vandalisation has also affected the water production at other Water works facilities across the State.
According to him, “… As a responsible and responsive government that has the interest of the people at heart, we are working tirelessly to connect to the National Grid to ensure that an alternative power supply is connected to the power plants within a short while.”
The Commissioner noted that the main concern of the government is to increase the supply of water due to the ever increasing population of Lagos, as a commercial nerve centre, stressing that, “As at 2010, the daily water demand by residents was 500 million gallons per day while daily supply was 210 million gallons per day. There is therefore a short fall of 290 million gallons per day.”
“It has been projected that by 2020, the daily consumption demand will be 733 million gallons per day while the daily supply will be 745 gallons per day, thereby having excess of 12 million gallons per day. It is expected that the planned expansion of Iju, Adiyan 1-3, Isasi, Ikosi, Odomola 1 and 2 will ameliorate the situation.”
He stated that in order to optimize the distribution of water in some areas, the Corporation is introducing the Water Distribution Kiosk System by creating Centralized Water Points to purchase potable water at a substantially cheaper price by Water Vendors, maintaining that this is a new innovation in Nigeria and is meant to complement the 5Km reticulation and the existing network.
While soliciting for the patience and understating of Lagosians in respect to the distruption in the supply of potable water, the Commissioner appealed to the people of the state to report anyone found tampering /vandalizing water power plants to the government through the State Water Corporation.
Adejare further stated that indiscriminate and unhealthy laying of water pipes across drains, patronage of unlicensed and unapproved water vendors are unacceptable, describing such practices as avenues for spreading water borne diseases such as cholera and diarrhea among others.