Lagos Water Corporation urged to improve water supply

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Lagos State Water Corporation (LWC) has been called upon to improve water supply services to residents in the state.

The consumers expressed their feelings at an interactive session with representatives of consumers organised by the Corporation to mark the 2019 World Water Day in Lagos on Saturday.

The theme of this year’s World Water Day is: ”Leaving No One Behind.”

While some commended the Corporation for regular water supply to their areas, others complained of getting contaminated water, disconnected for over two years and not receiving water at all.

One of the customers representing Bariga LCDA, Mr Suliaman Olusegun, commended the corporation for ensuring regular water supply in the Bariga area.

He, however, said they should improve on the venting and recharging of its metering system.

”We are having difficulties recharging the meter cards. I want to believe that the metering is still at pilot stage.

”Now we can only recharge at the corporation offices, which may not be easily accessible to many.

”The corporation should do something about this,” he said.

Mrs Florence Fajusigbe, representing Iju Waterworks, Irepodun Landlord Associations, said that they have not been getting water, though the water is being produced from their area.

”This situation has been a source of worry for the residents.

”You take water from our area and supply to other areas while we in the production area are not benefiting.

”This is not good enough and we want the corporation to look into this urgently.

”We know the water is clean and cheap too, as l spent N500 daily buying water because we have not been getting water from the corporation.

”We are ready to pay water bills,” she said.

Alhaji AbdulLateef Muse, representing Victoria Island and Ikoyi Residents Association (VIIRA), said that the residents were tired of the excuses by the corporation for inadequate water supply in the area.

”We need regular water supply in Victoria Island and Ikoyi axis.

”That is why l was sent to this interactive session.

”Residents in these areas are tired of the excuses by the corporation. We want to see action in the way of water supply,” he said.

Chief Frank Ezenwaka, representing Akinola Residents Association, Onipetesi Estate, said the corporation should do something to reconnect the area to its public mains.

”Since the construction going on at the Agege Motor Way-Abeokuta Express, the area had been cut off from water supply.

”Some of us have turned to drilling boreholes as source of water supply.

”We do not want the situation to continue that is why we are asking the corporation to restore water supply in the area,” he said.

Mr Deji Johnson, the LWC Chief Operating Officer, said that illegal connections by unauthorised people through the drainage was at the heart of contaminated water getting to households.

He said that some of the pipes were being destroyed following constructions going on round Lagos, adding that the corporation was liaising with the state government to ensure the contractors pay for the replacement of the pipelines they damaged.

Johnson promised that areas affected by this construction would soon be re.connected.

On some areas being disconnected, he said that some areas were taping the water from the water mains and pretend they have dug boreholes.

He said those areas affected have to assure the corporation that they would be paying bills before they are reconnected to the services.

Johnson said that the metering system had come to stay and that they were working to ensure that customers enjoyed the full benefits.

He, however, warned residents against digging boreholes without approval, saying that it disturbed the acquafiyer.

Johnson said that its water master plan would ensure enough water was produced to service Lagos State and its water consumers in Ogun State.