By Kehinde Akinlade
After months of dry taps due to the rehabilitation of Ogun State Water Corporation’s dam in Iberekodo, Abeokuta and the needed repositioning of the state water agency, water will return to taps in Abeokuta in weeks.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to Ogun State Governor on Special Duties (Water Resources), Engr. Kunle Otun on an OGTv television programmme, New Dawn.
While responding to questions on the television programmme, the Special Adviser to Ogun State Governor explained that the present government met a collapsed water distribution network which was made so by the urban renewal road constructions of the last administration in the state which did not take into account water infrastructure in the state.
Aside the destruction of water pipelines during road construction, the corroded gates of the dam across Ogun River built to impound water for treatment which has not experienced repairs since it was built in 1962 made sustainable provision of potable water all year round impossible in the state capital.
According to Engr Kunle Otun, immediately Prince Dapo Abiodun came into power he gave a matching order that the corroded five gates of the Iberekodo dam should be replaced after having assessed the water situation in the state. Engr Otun went further saying that the governor also directed Abeokuta Main Water Scheme of installed capacity of 82 million litres of water per day to be upgraded to its designed capacity of 162 millions litres of water per day to take care of increasing population in the state capital.
Engr Otun revealed that the five gates have been installed and are automated as against the corroded ones that were manual driven. He said the dam which can now impound enough volume of raw water for abstraction and treatment is presently undergoing commissioning processes preparatory to the start of water production in few weeks.
The governor’s aide added that in order for treated water to reach the end users, the state government will fix distribution lines damaged and exhumed during last the last administration and instructions have been given to the state’s ministry of works by the governor to henceforth ensure that other infrastructure are taken care of wherever road construction is taking place.
Revealing the state government water plans for other parts of the state, the Special Adviser said the power problem affecting Papalanto Water Scheme has received attention and there are plans for reticulation works that will take care of the potable water needs of the people of Ilaro.
According to him, immediately the interchange on the Ijebu Ode-Epe road that is under construction is completed allowing reticulation works to be done, there will be enough volume of water for the people of Ijebu Ode from Yemoji Water Scheme.
The people of Sagamu, Iperu and environ will be taken care of when the integrated water supply plan which is before the governor becomes operational through public private partnership arrangement. Presently, the Special Adviser said reticulation works is on going in Kobape to take care of the residential estate evolving there.
He further revealed that in the area of water supply, the recently signed Lagos-Ogun Joint Development Commission’s Memorandum of Understanding had begun to yield dividend adding that Lagos will be dropping 5 million litres of water per day for Akute, Alagbole, Baale Akinosi, Adiyan, Iju, Lambe corridor of Ogun State from the Adiyan Phase 2 water facilities of Lagos State built on Ogun land.
As part of new strategy to improve operational efficiency of Ogun State Water Corporation, Engr Kunle Otun pointed out that Water Network Intelligence Unit has been set up and equipped with state of the art leakages detector capable of reducing the Corporation’s response time to leakages on pipelines.
Engr Kunle Otun appreciated the people for their patience so far which he promised will begin to yield desire results in weeks. He enjoined them to be ready to appreciate government efforts by paying their water bills promptly to help Ogun State Water Corporation to cover cost for sustainable water provision.