Enugu State Government has restated its determination towards ensuring improved access to portable water in every part of the state. The Commissioner for Water Resources, Chief Charles Egumgbe made this known in a keynote address to mark 2017 World Water Day in Enugu.
Chief Egumgbe who described water as the second basic need of man said that lack of fresh water could be a major cause of famine and under nourishment.
‘’The Government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure water security in the state.Already, water production has increased from 7,000 cubic metres in2015 to 21,ooo cubic metres in 2016 in Enugu metropolis so also has the production in Nsukka increased.’’
The Managing Director, Enugu State Water Corporation, Mr. Dozie Eze stressed the need for conservation of available sources of fresh and portable water. The representative of Water Aid Nigeria, a major partner of the State Ministry of Water Resources, who spoke on the theme of this year’s celebration, ‘’Why Waste Water’’ called on governments, corporate organizations and individuals to do more within their capacity to safeguard fresh water by treating waste waters for future use.
‘’In other countries, sewage is known to be treated and re-used for industrial and agricultural applications. We can’t afford to be left behind in the quest for sustainable development, otherwise, we will pay a heavy price for that.’’
The Managing Director, Enugu State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, ENRUWASSA, Dr. Frank Omeje, while commending the state government and donor agencies appealed for more support to increase water supply in the state. In one of the goodwill messages, the Coordinator, Community Health Initiative, Mrs. Janet Ngene called for proper treatment of waste water to prevent environmental pollution.
‘’So it is time for us to think of what we can do to make sure that the waste water are treated and probably used, and even if we are not re-using the water, it becomes safer for human environment.’’
Waste water treatment processes were demonstrated during the event, where it was noted that use of aluminum sulphate (alum) for water treatment should be discouraged as it could cause kidney failure.