Lagos Water Corporation held sensitization meeting with the stakeholders at Itire-Ikate Local Council Development Area on Wednesday 14th October, 2015.

While delivering a keynote address at the forum, the Managing Director Engr. Shayo Holloway said, “the Second National Urban Water Sector Reform Project (2NUWSRP) is being financed by the World Bank to compliment the achievement of the First National Urban Water Sector Reform Project the (1st NUWSRP) to improve the reliability of water supply, increase access to pipe borne water and improve the commercial viability of urban Water Utilities in Lagos.

He further explained that the essence of the meeting is to discuss and exchange ideas on how to facilitate the rehabilitation and extension of mains in the area and more importantly, to seek the cooperation and the understanding of the residents in the area of security as social miscreants (Area Boys) always create inhibitions for contractors during execution of water projects in the metropolis.

He also stated that the Corporation plans to connect 2000 houses in the community and the areas to benefit from this project are; Orile, Coker Aguda, Ijesha and Ikate Axis. In his words, “on completing the project, the residents of these areas should migrate from borehole to Lagos Water Corporation water supply, which is more reliable and hygienic, as study has shown that 10 years from now salt water will infiltrate into borehole and contaminate it”.

The Project Coordinator, Engr. Raimi Ipaiye, said that the scope of the project will entail rehabilitation of old pipes with leakages and encrustation as well as extension of pipes to increase access to potable water in more homes. He explained further that the corporation is adopting new technology by using high density polyethylene pipe (HDPE) as against the traditional types which will guarantee durability, flexibility and less prone to leakages. The project will equally involve installation of 2,000 ND20mm pre-paid domestic meters, 50 ND50mm pre-paid bulk meters for industrial/commercial users and electromagnetic/ultrasonic zonal meters for water auditing.

In response, Oba Lateef Abayomi Dauda of Itire thanked the government for the laudable project and enjoined the residents of the area to pray for its success.

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