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Lagos pledges water for all by 2020

20 August 2014, 17:10

Lagos - Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, said his administration was likely to meet the residents’ water needs by the year 2020.

He said this after inspected the ongoing 70 million-gallons-per-day Adiyan Waterworks project in Oke-Aro.

“The plan is that, hopefully, by 2020 we should be able to meet the water needs of Lagosians,” he said.

Fashola described the Adiyan Waterworks project as crucial to those goals.

“This is the medium-term plan in the second term. The long term plan is to have more of these now being built with partnership with the Private Sector to deliver more of this. And so this is direct funding; but the long term plan is that we will make at least two or three more of this type to be able to meet the water demand of Lagosians”, he said.

The governor recalled that the first major waterworks intervention in Lagos was the Iju Waterworks, which was built in 1910.

He explained there was no other major intervention until 1991 when the Adiyan Waterworks was first built.

“That was a long time ago and the population continues to grow,” he said.

He was encouraged by progress at the waterworks.

“One can see the progress that is being made. We have just been shown the treatment plant, the filtration and the sedimentation and also the work going on in the main reservoir tanks where the concrete walls and foundations are being laid. So it is work in progress,” he said.

– CAJ News

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