Abuja - The Federal Ministry of Water Resources says six new water laboratories are under construction in various parts of the country
Samuel Ome, the Director, Water Quality Control and Sanitation,who made this known in an interview in Abuja on Friday, said the laboratories were being constructed to ensure better water quality.
He said that the six existing laboratories were inadequate due to the country's large population."We have six operational laboratories; we are building additional six now; our target is that each state will have one, so that overall we will have 37 laboratories in the whole federation.
"In order to ascertain the quality of water consumed by the people, the need for more laboratories cannot be over emphasised.The laboratories take care of the chemical side of the testing for water, the micro-biological side where the pathogens that cause diseases are discovered."
"When the physical aspects of water have been sorted, the chemical aspect of it has to be take care of by the laboratories."Seventy per cent of tropical diseases are water-borne. If we provide potable water, all these occurrence of water-borne diseases like typhoid, cholera, diarrhoea, and scabies will be non-existent.''
Ome, however,said that people could prevent the diseases by using test kits to test for iron, magnesium and other essential elements, stressing that laboratories were necessary for more thorough tests.
"We are testing villages under our comprehensive Rural Water Surveillance Programme. For now we are supplying the kits, we believe one day it will be available everywhere," he said.