Enugu’s water scheme has not been serviced since 1985
Lack of electricity, caused by striking power company workers, is the reason residents of Enugu, Enugu State, cannot get pipe borne water, the Managing Director of Enugu State Water Corporation, O’Brian Ofodu, has said
Mr. Ofodu said that the only source of water, at present, to Enugu is the Iva-Valley water scheme, which cannot currently reticulate water due to power outage.
“If by Wednesday, PHCN calls off its strike, we will start pumping water,” Mr. Ofodu said. “We are also making plans to use other sources of energy like solar panel and diesel to pump water but it will be very expensive for now.”
He said the Corporation had serious problems in the past one month because of the turn-around maintenance at the Ajali-Owa water scheme.
He also said that the corporation is installing seven new water pumps to boost its capacity, adding that the Ajali-Owa scheme had not been serviced since 1985.
Mr. Ofodu said that the corporation has completed laying pipes in old layouts and has commenced a house-to-house data collection for its new billing system.
He said the new system that would be based on metering and recharge would eliminate water wastage by consumers.
He said the pipe laying would be concluded in areas like Idaw-River Layout because shallow wells and soak-away sewages were blocking the passage of pipe lines.
Mr. Ofodu expressed regrets that the corporation spent N427 to purify a cubic meter of water, only to collect N38 as water rate per cubic meter; noting that the amount is inadequate to sustain supplies.
He commended water consumers in the Enugu metropolis for their patience with the corporation over the pipe laying exercise that commenced in 2010 and assured that the taps would soon flow again in the coal city.
The Enugu House of Assembly is considering a bill to amend the existing Water Corporation Law of 2004.
When passed, fees would be charged for alternative water sources, including shallow wells, bore holes, water tankers and other water vendors provided by residents to cushion the effect of inadequate water supply from government.