Board assures FCT residents of improved water supply

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Water Board, yesterday assured the residents of uninterrupted supply of clean, potable water.

Mr Jiniya Anto, Director of the board, gave the assurance in a media chat with pressmen  in Abuja.

Anto said the board would continue to ensure that water supplied to the territory was treated.

He said that the board approach to monitoring water supply from the treatment plants to the consumption point had proved effective.

“We ensure that the chemicals we use remove all impurities and germs from the treatment plants to the taps.

“We have quality control officers who monitor the water right to the point of consumption.

“We take such steps because we are aware that potable water is a precious commodity that is integral to the well-being of residents because it can eliminate disease.

“In terms of water supply to the FCT, residents can sleep with their two eyes closed,’’ he said.

The director said that the board was set to further improve water supply to the territory after completing phases three and four of  its water treatment plants.

“We have completed phases three and four of our treatment plants and we will soon commission them; this will further increase water supply to the territory.

“The board’s only source of water is the lower Usuma Dam under the Phases one and two but anticipated population growth informed a change to source for raw water from the river Gurara under phases three and four.

“The project was recently completed and when commissioned, would further boost supply of potable water in the FCT to 30 million litres per hour,’’ Anto said.

He also said the board had also improved on the provision of water to several settlements in the FCT and in revenue generation in the last few years.

“In the last couple of years, we have been able to improve water supply in places where they experienced low pressure, and in places where there was no water.

“Some parts of Garki, Gudu and Gwarimpa, which experienced low pressure, have benefited from the improved service. We have also extended our service to several rural communities,’’ he said.

He complained that some residents were reluctant to pay their water bills, in spite of efforts made by the board to meet

their water needs, adding that this had forced the board to  periodically impose sanctions.

“Government spends so much to provide this water and it is unfair when people do not pay their bills.

“This informed the recent mass disconnection of defaulters and the response was positive afterwards,’’ he said.

He advised residents to cooperate with the board by promptly settling their bills and assured that the board would continue to improve on its services. (NAN)

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