The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday said that the completion of the Adiyan 11 plant would bridge the gap in the shortage of potable water supply to Lagosians.
Sanwo-Olu made the remark in a message to the 2021 Lagos International Water Conference held in Lagos.
The theme of the Conference was, “Water Security and Investment Opportunities in Megacities: A Case of Lagos State”.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said that the Adiyan II Plant was expected to contribute additional 70 million gallons per day (MGD) to the already existing water capacity.
“The Lagos State Water Supply Master Plan estimates daily water demand in the city at 540 million gallons per day (MGD) but production by the Lagos State Water Corporation (LSWC) stands at 210 MGD.
“This shows a clear deficit of over 300 MGD, which translates to less than 40 per cent access to clean and safe water.
“As a government, we are not oblivious of this gap and its consequences on the health of our populace,’’ Sanwo-Olu said.
He noted that in order to close the gap, they toured the Lagos Water Corporation facilities at Adiyan, Iju and Akute at the inception of his administration.
The governor said that his administration had expended resources on the facilities and were delighted that the plant would bring additional 70 MGD to the already existing water capacity.
“As a demonstration of our commitment to affordable and sustainable clean water supply, we have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding with WaterAid on capacity building for improved regulation and expansion of clean water access, ” he said.
Sanwo-Olu, however, said there was still the challenge on how to make people less vulnerable to poor sanitation, expand water, and how to maximise the investment opportunities in the water sector.
He noted that because of those challenges, the water conference was integral to shaping the future of water security and waste water management.
“We are propelled by our concern for the well-being of our people to make the water sector economically viable but we will not put economic gains above the health of Lagosians.
“Our water, sanitation, and hygiene efforts in the last two years have been targeted at protecting the overall interest of our people, improving their quality of life while implementing the critical reforms and regulations necessary to optimise financial investments in the water sector, ” he said.