28 June 2021 By Remi Johnson.
The Federal Capital Territory Water Board has assured residents of provision of potable water.
Manager, FCT Water Board, Dame Joy Okoro stated this at a forum organized by the Board for Wuye, Wuse and Maitama residents in Abuja.
Dr. Okoro who used the medium to dismiss reports from some quarters that the Lower Usuma Dam was contaminated, said those reports were untrue.
Her Words: “Our water is very very safe. All the newspaper publications about unsafe water in the FCT two weeks ago is a fallacy. We have the best treatment plant in Nigeria and it takes care of treating the water before we supply for consumption in line with global best practices.
The treatment we put in takes care of everything. That is the essence of water treatment it is to take care of any possible impurity and make it safe for consumption. That is what the Board has been doing and it will continue to do because the FCTA attaches so much value to the lives of all residents. ” Okoro assured.
Explaining further, Dr Okoro hinted that the FCT Administration, through the Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has continued to give the Board the enabling environment, adding that Abuja has four treatment plants, at the Lower Usuma Dam.
“We have all the chemicals for water treatment and we do carry out water treatment judiciously …Our staff work 24/7…There is no cause for alarm. And I wish to make it clear that the outbreak of cholera has nothing to do with the FCT Water Board. We have world class quality control systems that ensure top water quality from the point of production to the point of delivery to final consumers.”
Responding to issues of malfunctioning meters, Dr Okoro who called for attitudinal change, urged residents not to see the Meters as Government property, but to protect it like a personal property and report any case of malfunctioning to the Board for immediate action.
“We advise our customers to guard their meters jealously. We have instances where customers just don’t care about the meters, they say it’s government affairs”.