LASG ASSURES LAGOSIANS ACCESS TO POTABLE WATER
Lagos Water Corporation, Managing Director/CEO, Engr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus has assured residents of the State of sufficient and access to potable Water supply. The LWC boss revealed this today at the Press Conference at LWC Headquarters, Ijora, Lagos.
He said the administration of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has employed a pragmatic approach in solving the problem of water demand gap, and ensuring that Lagos is water crisis free in future. He explained further, “a great number of projects have been embarked upon to increase the production and expansion of reticulation across the State”.
MD disclosed that “the State has completed arrangement to urgently embark on massive rehabilitation of 48 mini water works across Lagos State to increase production and boost water supply. These waterworks include, Surulere, Onikan, Lekki, Badore, Ajagbandi, Ikeja, Ikate, Ikorodu, Epe, V.I Annex, Bariga, Oworonshoki, Ijora-Badia, Apapa, Iponri, Oshodi, Ikoyi, among others”. When completed, these will boost water supply to that axis. Also, there is ongoing rehabilitation exercise at our major Waterworks of Iju, Adiyan and Akute Intakes for efficient service delivery in Lagos State.
The Lagos State has placed much priority on water sector, as part of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Tripod Agenda for Lagos prosperity, and highly committed to ensuring that water gets to everyone in the State.
As part of this present administration’s renewed efforts to keep pace with the growth of water demand, Mosan – Okunola mini waterworks (2MGD) was recently commissioned, Ishasi Waterworks has just been upgraded to produce 4(MGD). The Otta-Ikosi regional Water scheme of 4 (MGD) capacities is currently supplying over 10 communities in Agbowa /Ikorodu area of the State.
Other programmes and Projects include: the on-going construction of Adiyan Phase II of 70MGD, and when the reticulation is completed, it will serve 3 million residents of Lagos State.
The current rehabilitation and expansion projects going on in different parts of Lagos involve replacement of pipes and mains expansion to boost water supply. Some of the benefiting communities include: Surulere, Itire, Yaba/Ebute-Metta, Iwaya and Victoria Island.
In addition to these milestone projects, the State, through LWC has also approved the construction of 100MGD Odomola Water scheme to serve Epe , Ibeju – Lekki, Badore, V.I, Onikan and other communities in that Axis. The project would be executed on Public-Private Partnership arrangement. He further explained that the Public Private Partnership initiative is entirely different from privatization. If it is privatization, “it is total divestment, but PPP is an injection of fresh funds into government’s facilities from private investors, and it is not profit driven, but a long-term investment that will guarantee protection of Lagosians’ interest”.
He further said, the Lagos Water Corporation has embarked on the installation of pre-paid meters in Lekki and Ikeja, and additional 15,000 units to be deployed to Surulere, Itire, Yaba/ Ebute-Meta, Iwaya, Victoria Island, Victoria Island Annex and Lekki.
We have also deployed Nodal meters into the distribution networks for efficiency and management of water supply in different parts of Lagos and the meters will be fitted with telemetry devices for real time remote monitoring and management.
Also, he disclosed that efforts are been geared towards improvement and reform of water supply services in the State, adding that the Corporation has advertised for consultancy services for development of electronic Lagos Water Assets Management System that will be mapped in a Geographical Information System (GIS) to improve operational efficiency and management of water supply system and other facilities.
Engr. Badmus concluded that Imeke-Iworo, Surulere, Ishasi and Abule-Egba mini waterworks will soon be commissioned as part of the programs of Golden Jubilee Anniversary of the State.
He urged the residents of the State to be patient as the Corporation is working assiduously to ensure that water gets to every home and there would be excess water supply when the facilities are running at the optimal capacity, he concluded.
Head, Public Affairs
Lagos Water Corporation