Daily Trust (Abuja)

21 February 2013

Nigeria: 'Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plant to Be Completed Soon'

Work on the treatment plants of the Lower Usuma Dam in the Federal Capital Territory is to be completed soon to boost quality water supply, the Ag. Director FCT Water Board, Anto Jiniya has said.

Jiniya, who said the work requires integration of phases three and four of the treatment plant into the existing two phases, added that when completed, the plant will produce 30 million litres of water per hour as against the present supply of 5 million litres.

The director, who made this known in Abuja when he recently inspected the dam, said "We want to have this boost from the treatment plants so that the issue of inadequate water supply will be solved."

He said the new plants had been hooked on to the Gurara line to increase the supply of water. "The problem of water will be solved as soon as the plants are completed. The only areas that will not get water are those where the pipes have not been laid, but the existing system where our pipes are in existence will see tremendous changes."

Mr Anto said the project will also reduce the incidence of shortage of pipe-borne water being experienced in some satellite towns of the FCT.

H e said the board is collaborating with some foreign donor agencies on ways of improving the service delivery of the agency

The Site Operations Manager, Biwater Nigeria Ltd, David Murphy, said the delay in the use of the treatment plants was due to a fault in the existing pipes resulting in leakage. He said the water treatment project will be completed on schedule while repairs were being effected to ensure full operation in some few weeks.

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