Why majority of Lagos residents have no potable water – Official

The Lagos State Water Corporation, LSWC, has said its maximum capacity can produce less than half the amount of water residents of the state need daily.

The corporation on Sunday said it records a shortfall of about 300 million gallons of water per day in the state, leading to shortage in many areas.

Its Group Managing Director, Shayo Holloway, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

According to him, the reason for this deficit is the high population in the state with an average of five per cent estimated growth rate yearly.

”The total demand for water is 540 million gallons per day,” he said. ”The corporation has capacity of 210 million gallons per day leaving a deficit of 300 million gallons.”

Mr. Holloway said “the corporation is, however, working toward meeting the demands for water in the state.”

He said the state had started working on a road map to meet the water demands of Lagos residents.

To achieve this, work had commenced on the Adiyan Phase II Waterworks Project which would be completed in 2016.

“The Adiyan project will add 70 million gallons of water per day to the existing 210 million gallons,” Mr. Holloway said.

He said that the corporation also had a design for water works project in Badagry.

He said the Badagry water works project would be constructed by a private firm through Public-Private Partnership, PPP.

Mr. Holloway said that the corporation had started discussions with an investor to develop the project which would produce 200 million gallons of water per day.


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  • amazing2012

    The reason is bad governance. Population is money, as much water you can provide as much you can generate revenue, Lagos has water only to treat it is the problem due to corruption. Population is never a curse but a solution to every problem if use wisely and make the people productive. In each human head you can count industrial benefits from cloth to food to shoe to transportation to pure water etc just use your brain !

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    • Jones

      If you call Lagos government bad governance, what will you call the presidency? Let me help you: bad governance, worse governance, worst governance. A suitable qualification for the federal government may not even be found in the existing English structure.
      It is only in Nigeria where somebody that failed school cert claims to be making first class at the University because he marks his script himself. Corruption Inc.

      • amazing2012

        You are right, federal government is worst, that I no right word to describe its deterioration.

  • Lagos na woow

    Who says Lagos is the best run state in Nigeria? The media haven’t been fair to us by not reporting the true rot and corruption going on unabated in Lagos. Perhaps this report is the beginning of reversal of egunje-based media hype and image laundering on Fashola and his debt-ridden government.

  • Otile

    With the humongous amount of money Rajiv Fasholarun receives from the Federal Government monthly all we get back is noise and hot air. When will his godfather Ebola Tinubu start telling him to put people’s money into good use?

  • Jones

    The presidency with its mammoth allocation of 57% of national revenue cannot provide water for Abuja residents who live 2 km from Aso Rock. Lagos will remain a trail blazer on transparency and inclusive governance. While the presidency will remain the nation’s embarrassment in poor planning and incompetence. Don’t forget Aso Rock uses generators to power the seat of authority just like Equatorial Guinea, but some jobless online fools say they enjoy improved power supply. Hmm dia ris godoo! Fashola is no match for f***cked up non performers across the country.

  • amazing2012

    The blessing of Lagos state has to do with productive population, a good busy people searching for the same target. Without population Lagos will not as bless as it is now. Therefore, the government should take the advantage of the population not to see it at problem.