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Dam to provide 300m gallons of water per day almost completed – Experts

…Stress need to certify boreholes’ water to avoid disease. 

…Says, population, poor power supply affect performance. 

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Two experts from the Kaduna State Water Corporation have advised borehole water owners to subject their water to quality analysis before consumption so as to avoid water-related illnesses.

Similarly, a design of a Multi-million Naira Dam for the provision of about 300 million gallons of water per day is almost completed.

They made the assertion in Kaduna at the Second Media Roundtable on Climate and Environmental Project of the Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF).

The experts, Aminu Soba and Engr. Hamaq Ndandok, explained that underground water sourced from saturated zone should not be considered to be totally pure for consumption.

“Underground water is sourced from beneath the land surface through cracks and spaces in soil, sand and rock, which contain some particles that could be harmful to health; hence the need to be certified,” they said.

The duo disclosed that the water being treated and supplied to the public from the Corporation’s Treatment Plants is of global approved standard.

“So, should anything contrary be observed by consumers, that might have occurred in the transmission through either the ageing pipe or the sub-standard pipe connecting water to homes.

They also stated that, the cost of water treatment by the Corporation during the raining season is much higher than the dry season due to the volume of wastes, including industrial, flooded into the rivers and dams, which are the sources of their intake.

“While we use 12 metric tones of alum daily during dry season, we now use 45 metric tones,” they added.

They also spoke of population explosion and poor power generation as part of reasons for the inability of the Corporation to perform optimally or to cover most parts of the Kaduna metropolis.

Speaking on the devastation of climate change on water sources, the duo noted that, human activities, including deforestation through farming by communities living along water ways, have caused a lot of havoc to water sources resulting in the drying-up of some Dams in the State. Other factors enumerated include erosion and sand mining.

“Meanwhile, a design of a Multi-million Naira Dam for the provision of about 300 million gallons of water per day is almost completed,” they stated.

The dam, which is situated at Isi, Southern part of the State, will cover a radius of one hundred kilometers in water supply. The construction is to be borne by the Federal Government, while the Treatment Plant would be that of the State and would be carried out simultaneously with pipe-laying, among others.

On Advocacy, Mr. Benjamin Maigari of AMDF, who also spoke on the effect of Climate Change, reminded the media that their information must be targeted at a particular group with a view to changing the narration.

“All these,” he said, “are aimed at a call to action. Educate the community and the government on each other’s commitment. Identify the issue which you must have knowledge about.”

He cited an example of this year’s rainfall, especially when Kaduna supposed to witness daily rainfall but, to everybody’s surprise, contrary is the case, attributing this to climate change.

Earlier, Acting Executive Director of the AMDF, Mrs. Sekyen Dadik, who gave the overview of the organization, reiterated its commitment to training and building the capacity of journalists in various fields and also to expose them to grant opportunities.

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