Daily Trust (Abuja)

23 November 2012

Nigeria: FCT Residents Task Borehole Operators On Tank Washing

A cross section of residents of Abuja and its suburbs have expressed concern over possible outbreak of water-borne diseases due to the fact that some borehole operators do not wash or disinfect the water tanks periodically.

The residents complained in Abuja on Wednesday that more often than not, consumers find particles in the water from these boreholes and fear that this can lead to water-borne diseases.

Mrs. Angela Anunobi, a resident, said some time ago, she sent her child to fetch water from a nearby borehole only to find out that the water contained greenish particles.

"I was shocked and worried because the family had been drinking this water all through the day and that was not the first time I had noticed that kind of negligence by these operators.

"Sometimes, it is dirty particles you find in the water, and this is not just a particular borehole but a number of them are guilty of this," Anunobi said.

Another resident Mrs. Bukola Atanda, said: "most of the operators are just after the money they will collect from the borehole, they are careless about the safety of the water they sell.

"Sometimes, even the surroundings of the borehole are usually an eyesore; really, we need an orientation on good hygiene in this country. Maybe the government should do a campaign on the benefits of good hygiene; it is like everything in our society is going into gradual but progressive decadence," Atanda said.

Mr. Hammed Suleiman also decried the lack of care displayed by the borehole operators.

"In the real sense, these people have really come to the aid of Nigerians by providing these boreholes since pipe-borne water is far out of the reach of majority of people. But the fact of the matter is that they cannot give us water and afflict us with diseases that are avoidable; just observing simple hygiene as washing the tanks and keeping the environment clean will prevent this."

In his reaction, one of the borehole operators, Mr. Ezekiel Ishaya, admitted the allegation and even said that some do not wash their containers at all from year to year.

"I agree that some operators do not take good care of their reservoirs but you will be shocked at the containers that some people come with to collect water.

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