Queue of people buying water buying water from a commercial borehole operator
Determined to check the rate of water pollution, Lagos State Government is set to enforce the Environment Protection and Management Law of the state to control sinking of boreholes among residents in order to minimize the pollution of the underground water with attendants health hazards.
This came even as it clarified that government has not introduced charges for the consumption of water from boreholes nor criminalized the sinking of boreholes by residents.
Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare made the remarks while briefing the media on activities of the ministry, in his Alausa, Ikeja, office.
“Without a doubt, water is a resource that ought to be protected and this is why the government recognizes the need to minimize the pollution of the underground water by controlling indiscriminate sinking of boreholes which is a factor contributing to such pollution,” Adejare maintained.
According to him no responsible government would fold its arms and allow uncontrolled pollution of the underground water through indiscriminate sinking of boreholes as boreholes are windows into the aquifer.
“By controlling the sinking of boreholes, we would have done a lot to curtail the outbreak of water borne diseases,” he stressed.
Adejare, who stressed the position of state government on sinking of boreholes and on water charges, stated that the Environment Protection and Management Law, recently signed by the Governor, would not lead to any introduction of water charges nor in any way prevent people’s access to good and potable water but will be used to control indiscriminate sinking of boreholes.
But for commercial users of borehole, he stated that some measure of control and charges were applicable as water is a resource that must be protected from water borne diseases.