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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