Written by Austine ELEMUE

Residents indict FCTA Over

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory have lamented the poor water quality supplied to homes by the FCT Water Board in recent time.

Subsequently, residents have expressed fear of possible epidemic if urgent steps are not taken by the Federal Capital Territory Administration to address the situation.

Our correspondent gathered that there are widespread complaints in Kubwa, Wuse Zone 7, Garki and Karu satellite town of the nation's capital, over the discoloured, brownish water from the main water supply by the FCT Water Board since October this year.

Worried by the poor water situation, a resident, Osaretin Imahiyereobo, took his complaint to Facebook.

“The water situation in FCT is becoming terrible. The water is turning coloured on a regular basis. This is the time for the FCT Minister and his FCT Water Board Management to take appropriate action to avoid epidemic,” he wrote.

Another distraught resident, Ike Nnamdi of Karu stated: "It is unfortunate that you are not from a television station, otherwise I could have opened the taps for you to see the quality of water. The water situation in FCT is becoming terrible. The water is turning coloured on a regular basis. This is the time for the FCT Minister and the water board to take appropriate action to avoid epidemic. 

“We are gradually getting to a poetic situation of water, water everywhere, but non to drink.”

According to Princess Halima Jubril, “The water from my tap today was just gutter water. I think we should occupy waterboard. It’s been like that for long. Do we keep paying for gutter water we can't even flush our toilets with?”

Speaking in the same breath, another resident of Wuse II, Mr. Kenneth Ukpah, said he has stopped patronizing the public water supply since he discovered the anomaly in taste and colour of water supplied to houses, stressing that the administration should take proactive steps to correct the anomaly.

“The FCT minister should act fast to correct the ugly trend before it degenerates to another level because there are residents who cannot afford alternative sources of water supply. For the past one month, I have ceased using water board as my main source of water supply until I see improvement in the quality of water.”

However, an unofficial source at the FCT Water Board confided in our correspondent that the board has been faced with the challenge of funding to procure chemicals for the treatment of water before pushing it out to consumers.  

The source who pleaded anonymity for fear of victimization told The Abuja Inquirer that the board has not been getting its statutory approvals as at when due, while alleging that the development has truncated the procurement of chemicals for water treatment.

"Few months ago, precisely September this year, contractors who supplied various chemicals for the treatment of water threatened to embark on strike because they have not been paid for jobs previously executed. The board did not pay them because there was no approvals from Area 11 office. And to be sincere, the situation has not improved.

"Considering the role of water in human existence, I cannot come to term when files for the procurement of chemicals should be delayed because water is life. I am therefore not surprised when the board is being inundated with complaints from residents of poor quality water,” the source said.

When our correspondent contacted the Director of FCT Water Board, Mr. Hudu Bello, he tacitly acknowledged the poor water quality supplied in recent time, but blamed it on major repairs been carried out in some of the districts.

"It is true, but we are embarking on a major cleanup in all our storage tanks. The situation will soon improve. Whenever you carry out major repairs, there are tendencies that some segments of pipes will settle on the water and its takes time to flush them out. We are taking measures to rectify the situation," he stated.

He, however, advised residents of affected areas to flush their pipes for at least ten minutes before fetching water for domestic use.

It could be recalled that before this recent development, the FCT Water Board has been rated the best in the federation, as the quality of water supplied to residential homes was adjudged to be better than factory bottled water.  

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