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Sokoto water board spends N150m monthly on activities-GM

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The Sokoto State Water Board says it spends N150 million monthly on its routine activities of urban water supply in the state.

The Board’s General Manager, Alhaji Sama’ila Umar-Sanda, disclosed this to the newsmen on Thursday while reviewing the previous year’s activities, adding that the amount excluded payment of electricity bills.

According to Umar-Sanda, two main sources of water used by the board are River Sokoto and River Rima as surface sources from where the water is transported to the treatment plants.

He added that later the water is distributed through water storage facilities to the residents for domestic use.

He revealed that COVID-19 pandemic had affected the board’s activities as most chemicals, machines and spare parts prices had escalated and revenue collections as well as government funds were affected by the scourge.

He lamented that collection of water levies from residents are still poor, adding that N300 per house collection is meagre when compared to buying domestic water from water vendors.

He noted that the on-going construction of flyovers, township roads and other major projects forced the board to provided alternative water supply to residents via water tankers to some areas in the year 2021.

The general manager added that the board had ensured timely reconstruction of water routes and other immediate repairs to avoid water shortages at affected project areas.

According to him, no fewer than 30 repairs, equipment upgrades and installations projects were conducted by the board in 2021.

He expressed the hope that the Board would embark on more projects this year.

He added that electricity power supply and maintenance of power generating sets were major challenges affecting water supply in the state.

He reiterated that the board is trying its best to improve the challenges of non payment of water levies and misuse of water by bulk water users through sensitisations, consultations and sanctions of the offenders.

He also appealed to the residents to consider the importance of water supply and expenditures made to provide purified water in the state and pay their levies as and when due.

He advised the residents to report any vandalism to any of the board’s nearby offices in the state. (NAN)

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