By Kingsley Adegboye
The Lagos Water Corporation (LWC), has unveiled its plan to meet the 733 million gallons per day (GPD) water needs for the projected 29 million population in Lagos in 2020.
Unfolding the Corporation’s plans and strategy at the press briefing heralding the World Water Day celebration at the Ijora Corporation’s headquarters last week, the LWC Group Managing Director, Engr. Shayo Holloway said the plan to meet the water needs of the emerging mega_city has fully started. The theme of this year Water Day celebration is “Water For Cities Responding to Urban Challenges”.
The first phase of the plan according to Engr. Holloway, is the completion of 15 additional min_water works, with only five that are yet to be officially commissioned. He added that the 15 mini waterworks are located in Ajangbadi, Ikorodu, “Epe Agric”, Meiran, Abule_Egba, Ikate, Mosan Okunola, Isheri_Oshun and Ajegunle.
“The 15 mini_water works that were designed to have five (5) kilometer reticulation (water mains expansion) that can only serve 500 houses are now to be expanded to cover all the houses in all the locations where the plants are cited. It is this water mains expansion that the formed the thrust of 2011 capital budget of the corporation”, he said.
Explaining the rational for the adopted phases for water provision in Lagos, Holloway said the decision is in line with the theme of 2011 Water Day, adopted by the International community, stressing that the scope of expansion is being influenced by size in population at any given time.
He noted for example that the current water need in Lagos today is 500million gallons per day, whereas the Corporation is to provide above 200 million gallons per day thus with almost 45 percent deficit. He however said this deficit is already being addressed with the construction of the additional water works, the provision of independent power project that was completed late last year.
“The most ambitious plans to meet both the immediate and future needs are the commencement of the Adiyan Water Works Phase 2 that has been approved by the Lagos Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola. The second phase, when completed would double the existing 70 million that the plant is currently producing, thus bringing the water work to 140 million gallons per day.
“Besides, there is also network expansion in Lagos Island, Ikoyi and Oshodi. The seeming shortage of water supply in Lagos Island was as a result of collapse of transmission trunk under Carter Bridge in 2005. “But as a remedial measure then, what we did was the laying of two 600 mm pipes to serve the affected area. But as a final measure, the corporation has embarked on the laying of 1200 mm pipe that can effectively serve the affected consumers in Lagos Island”, he stated.
The LWC GMD further noted that the award of engineering design of Odomola Water Scheme that has also received the approval of the Governor is the ultimate goal, pointing out that the scheme, when completed will provide 210 million gallons per day and would be dedicated to serve Ikoyi, Lekki corridor, Epe and Ibeju axis, including the Export Process Zone (EPZ), all along the Epe_Maroko Expressway.
“In essence, when this project is completed, Adiyan would be divested from serving several areas, but would solely concentrated in serving only one senatorial district. While Odomola scheme would be serving mostly Lagos East Senatorial District, Adiyan would be serving the west, while the conglomeration of majority of the existing water works would be serving the central”, Holloway said.
Engr. Holloway therefore urged consumers to tap into its mains instead of patronizing water vendors, adding that the Corporation has realized that there are some areas that are yet to be connected. He noted that but by the end of 2011, “when we must have fully completed the water mains expansion project, most of the areas that are yet to be connected would have the opportunity to be connected”.