Despite scarcity, Enugu water corporation pledges increased supply

Amid high cost of water supply from water tanker vendors, the Enugu State Water Corporation, (ESWC) has promised that it will produce more portable water before the end of the year and asked residents to exercise a little patience for the government to actualize its complete water package for the state.

The Corporation said that so far, Nsukka urban water supply has increased tremendously with most parts of the University community being serviced with tap qqqrunning water, while some areas in the state capital that used to have dry taps now have them running at scheduled dates.

The Schedule, according to the Managing Director of ESWC, Engr. Martin Okwor, required that at different days of the week, each section of the state capital will have water while other sections of the city will have their turns when the first recipients’ pipes are locked for others to have supply.

Okwor said that for the moment, the state capital has a supply of 40,000 cubic meters of water per day, an increase from 10,000 cubic meters that was obtained three months ago.

Meanwhile, some residents of Uwani layout confirmed to PressMan that there has been an appreciable increase in water supply of the area; while some residents at Trans-Ekulu lamented that they did not even have connection to water supply at all.

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 Okwor however said whereas water demand of the state capital stands at 150,000 cubic meters per day, the corporation hopes to achieve 100, 000 cubic meters of supply before the end of the year, noting that the agency will generate about 180, 000 cubic meters by the end of 2022, with which it hopes to flood Enugu and Nsukka urban cities with water supplies.

The water Corporation further disclosed that the French Development Agency, AFD, has credited the state with $50 million USD with which it has already commenced designs for expansion of water supplies to all parts of the state capital that have not been connected to water supply network and which will also be used to improve on the already existing harvests of water from Ajali, Oji River and 9th mile production areas.

Okwor stated that the major problem that militated against water supply in the state was the old asbestos cement pipelines which needed to be changed, as well as collapsed pumps that are being recovered which brought about the improved water supply especially in Nsukka urban, as well as capacity building the corporation is doing now with massive recruitment of workforce.

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“Right now in Independence layout areas such as Pascal & Jacks, Nza street, government houses areas are getting water right now, but NTA areas are not getting water now because the line which supplies them are asbestos cement and most times when we pass water on the high pressure line that supplies them, there will be bursts but what His Excellency has done is to release funds for us to be maintaining the pumps while the AFD project is going to replace it. We equally have to form a Rapid Response Team and the idea is that as soon as we pump water in those high brow areas and there are bursts, even if it’s in the midnight, they will go there and attend to the bursts,” Okwor said.

He attributed the successes so far to the drive of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi whom he said released money for emergency repairs to ensure that the urban cities have water while the state awaits the AFD mega project that will flood the state with portable water supply when it is completed in about two years time.

“The idea of the AFD project is that the water will be fully commercialized, we will show that water is an economic good as well as a social good. The high income dwellers, the high valley districts will pay for water because the willingness to pay is there and the ability to pay is there. Those in the pro- poor areas, their payments will be subsidized.

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“So you can ask me to pay N10,000 per cubic meter, for example, then the man  who is a poor man living in a face me I face you will not pay the same N10,000 as the man living in a duplex or a mansion at Independence layout. The AFD programme is addressing the complete water system, the expansion of the existing network and the areas that are not served and also to ensure that the areas that are served have water every day,” Okwor said.

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