The Kaduna State Government has said that it will spend over N1.4 billion on the rehabilitation of seven water treatment plants across the state, this is in order to boost water supply.
The Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Lere disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Kaduna on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting adding that the council has approved the immediate commencement of work on the plants.
According to the commissioner, “the project would be conducted in phases, with the first phase involving the plants located in Saminaka, Kafanchan, Manchok and Kagoro while the second phase will be followed by the three plants within Kaduna metropolis.
“These include the Malali old treatment plant, the Kaduna South plant which has 27 million litres daily capacity and the plant in Kaduna North, also situated at Malali with 150 million litre per day capacity.”
“Prior to now, I have made pronouncements on the deplorable condition of the plants and the fact that they have not been able to produce optimal quantity of the potable water that they were designed to produce.
“The essence of the rehabilitation work is to bring them up to their designed capacity, to increase and enhance the quantity of potable water to residents,” Mr Lere said.
He said that African Development Bank will be providing funding for the projects as he added that there has been a pledge from the lender to also buy operational vehicles for the state water corporation.