Addressing Water Scarcity in Kano Metropolitan Areas

Water is an important substance for human beings, animals and plants on earth, without which life would be difficult, hence the saying “water is life”.

This is why governments, development partners, philanthropists among others, continue to invest to provide drinking water to populations.

However, due to the increase in population and problems with electricity supply, many people in rural areas and even urban centers continue to experience water shortages.

In Kano, like other densely populated cities in Nigeria, residents are calling for the urgent intervention of the relevant authorities to provide them with clean water.

Fagge resident Malam Muhammad Abdullahi observed that the issue has been a major challenge for decades.
“It is unfortunate that so far some residents have been struggling with a water problem.
“It is high time the authorities tackled the problem squarely, because it puts many people in more difficulties,” he said.

A survey conducted revealed that the problem affects residents of eight metropolitan local governments – Dala, Fagge, Gwale, Kano Municipal, Kumbotso, Tarauni, Nassarawa and Ungogo.

The situation worsened further when the national grid system collapsed a few weeks ago, on which the water utility and other water sources depend for electricity supply to provide water. .
Although the system was repaired, but due to the epileptic power supply, the water shortage still persisted to some extent.

The Chief Executive of the Kano State Water Board, Dr. Garba Kofar-Wambai, recently apologized to residents for the water shortage, which he said was caused by a power outage, indicating that the council depends on electricity to pump water.

He therefore assured that the council would restore the normal water supply as soon as the situation improves.

On the other hand, water sellers are taking advantage of the situation to blow up their business.

A jerrycan of water, which until now was sold at N30, now costs between N50 and 100, depending on the region.
The Kano State Water Board explained that various measures are being taken to improve the water supply for residents.
Kofar-Wambai revealed the metrics recently, when speaking to the media, through the director of advertisements, Alhaji Umar Bala.
He explained that the treatment plants in Kano were established a few decades ago to feed around 2 million people, revealing that the population has now increased by more than 7 million, leading to an increase in demand for drinking water.
He noted that the water they treat and supply to residents is now insufficient, due to ongoing rehabilitation and expansion work on the Galo River by the federal government.
According to him, the exercise led to the blockage of the Galo River which discharges water to Challawa where it is treated for consumption.
“The Kano metropolitan areas demand about 210 million liters from the Challawa complex daily, but now only get about 50 million liters,” he said.
He further pointed out that some water pipes are too old and sometimes break due to high water pressure.
“Such a situation prevents the water from going far until the problem is identified and solved.
“Some residents don’t help because they don’t report leaking pipes.
“Some of them also do not want to pay their water bills regularly, not knowing that a liter of water now costs the government around 300 naira due to the increase in the price of fuel and water units. ‘electricity.
“We charge each house N50 to N100 of water per day, so in a month we only collect N1,500 to N3,000 as water bills.
“We use the money to pay staff salaries and carry out repairs and installations,” he said.
The chief executive revealed that the state government is determined to solve the problem and ensure a constant supply of water to the residents.
He pointed out that the government is currently collaborating with the French Development Agency on a $75 million water project.
According to him, part of the project agreement is to replace old pipes, rehabilitate the Gorondutse and Magon reservoirs and build new treatment plants to supply 250 million liters of water per day.
He said that after the completion of the project, the Tamburawa treatment plant will produce 150 million liters, the Challawa complex 210 million liters, or 360 million liters of water per day.
The general manager added that the Watari treatment plant is expected to supply 75 million liters to the local governments of Kunchi, Bagwai, Tsanyawa, as well as Rijiyar-lemu and Bachirawa regions.
He added that the project also plans to provide two generators of 2,500 horsepower each to ensure a steady power supply in the event of a power outage.
Kofar-Wambai also said that the council is working with Bayero University Kano (BUK) to restart another treatment plant to supply water to the institution and nearby communities.
Again, the government has also earmarked N2 billion for the upgrading of Wudil Water Project to improve water supply to Hotoro and Mariri wards of Kano city.
Furthermore, the administration led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has remained committed to finding lasting solutions to the water problem in Kano metropolitan areas and rural communities in the state.
This is why the Governor recently met with senior officials from the Ministry of Water Resources, the Water Board, RUWASSA and the chairpersons of the eight metropolitan local councils on the situation.
During the meeting, Governor Ganduje ordered the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) to immediately repair all broken boreholes in the eight metropolitan local governments.
Ganduje’s chief press officer, Mr. Abba Anwar, said the governor was represented by his deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf-Gawuna, at the meeting.
Anwar also quoted the governor as directing RUWASSA to make an inventory of specific areas in the 44 local governments that need boreholes, “bearing in mind certain implications of creeping boreholes on the environment.”
He said the governor has also ordered metropolitan councils to use water tankers to distribute water to residents at strategic locations to provide relief as an immediate solution.
The governor assured that the government will intensify collaboration with the French Development Agency to improve the water supply in the state, as a long-term measure.
Anwar revealed that Ganduje had also said the government would step up its efforts to tighten security around state water supply facilities, revealing that anyone found wanting will face the wrath of the law. “We are seriously developing a strategy on this.
“As the government designs mechanisms on heavy water equipment, high power generators, cable theft control, among others, we assure our people that what we have on the table is short. term, medium term and long term. interventions,” said Ganduje.
He said that with these measures, the problem of water supply will soon become history. (NOPE)

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