The water crisis in Enugu state - any end in sight?

Posted by Afam Nnaji | 9 months ago | 650 times

When will the state government solve the problem of accessible potable water in Enugu state?

Growing up in Enugu we had taps bringing in water in the kitchen, toilet, bathroom etc.

Gradually, water tankers became a common sight.

I heard sometime last year from a friend that lives in Enugu that you cannot even get yourself a borehole in your compound without running into problems with the state government even though patronizing water tankers remains the only alternative.

Heard 2 days ago from a friend currently residing in Enugu that the difficulty they faced while trying buy water even when they had the money to do so forced him and 3 other tenants to relocate to a hotel. 

Is the provision of potable water to the citizens of the state a FG issue?

What would it take for the state government to solve the water problem in the state capital and other parts of Enugu state?

Is it when there would be an outbreak of a water borne disease that this issue would be addressed once and for all?

Or, are the water tankers cabal way too powerful that the state government cannot tackle such a simple issue that should even be a matter of fundamental human right - access to clean and safe water?

A private company that signed a 2 years contract with the state government to rehabilitate the Nineh Mile water drinking system that was built by the state to support ageing systems in Oji and Ajalli will provide drinking water to the state using 12 boreholes that are solar powered.

The company made reference to the pumps being able to pump water for 8 hours in a day and would pump more water when the sun shines brighter and you begin to wonder if the issue of access to safe drinking water should be a matter of the weather conditions in a state.

We saw how solar powered street lights and traffic lights in different states failed in spectacular manners from the North to the West and East.

Solar systems will work when every single component that is part of the equation works as they should because the entire system could fail due to the failure of a single component or sub system. 

The state should hire a competent consultant whose job would be to offer proper and professional advice and guidance without getting involved in the  solar energy related contracts so that the state and by extension the people would get the best deals at all times. 

Even with the best solar system in place the issue of access to safe drinking water should not be wholly dependent on solar energy since weather conditions could affect the performance of the entire systems. 

What would happen when the sun does not shine or days with very limited sun hours?

Are battery banks and inverters part of the solar solution so as to provide reliable back up when the sun is not shining and during the night?

The water crisis in the state according to WaterAid Nigeria has been attributed to the topography which makes access to ground water difficult and it is estimated that well over half the people in Enugu state do not have access to safe drinking water and solar powered pumps appear to the solution?

Scientists are going to the moon, driverless cars have become a reality and we are still battling with access to safe drinking water in Enugu state?

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