By: Okunade Adekunle
The Executive Secretary of Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LSWRC), Arch. Kabir Abdullahi, has said that the commission would continue to ensure that Lagosians have access to clean table water for consumption, saying that the pure water operators in the state are complying with the directives of the commission in producing clean and hygienic pure water.
Abdullahi, who made this known in an exclusive interview with WESTERNPOST, explained that quality water production must be in compliance with drinking water policy standard of the state, stressing that any water that does not meet up with the policy standard would not be allowed to be sold in the state.
The Executive Secretary disclosed that over 1000 permits are yet to be issued to water operators in the state, stating that before granting the permits some certain level of compliance must be ascertained.
He explained further that the commission is currently engaging with several relevant bodies like the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), ATWAP and other organised private sector in ensuring clean drinking table water is produced for consumption, stressing that it is mandatory for all relevant companies of water production to comply with the provisions of the law as the commission is seriously against water pollution in the state.
Abdullahi said that the commission is doing everything possible to key into the vision of Governor Ambode in making Lagos a smart city among other component units of the federation, stressing further that all pure water operators must operate in tandem with the policy of the state government in achieving the smart city vision.
He stated that by next year, Lagosians should expect more compliance by the water operators in producing clean water for drinking, adding that by 2020 Lagos state would have moved away from the issue of solid waste and waste water.
The Executive Secretary stated that the commission is not charging domestic water properties as was rumoured, stressing that there is need for the commission to test and ascertain that the domestic water is safe for consumption.