THE supply and distribution of potable water to the 2.8 million residents of Maiduguri metropolis in Borno State, has dropped to 40 million litres a day due to rehabilitation and maintenance of water works at the Kirkasama and Dalaram Water Treatment Plant (DWTP) plants.
Residents of the city need about 70 million litres to meet the daily water requirement, the state Commissioner of Water Resources, Alhaji Mai Sheriff disclosed at a press conference on Thursday to commemorate Democracy Day and second year in office of Governor Kashim Shettima at the Water House complex, Maiduguri.
Sheriff said that despite the challenges facing the Water Resources personnel and directors to meet the water requirements of residents, the “Water C Project” near the stadium has reached 65 percent completion to supply seven million litres of potable water a day.
Sheriff also assured the people that the completion of Water C Project, along with the renovations works on the Maiduguri Water Treatment Plant at Dalori and Kirkasama Water Works project will collectively increase the daily water supply to 70 million litres.
He, however, lamented that following security challenges, the Water Resources Ministry suffered the loss of one of its directors to the Boko Haram gunmen and the kidnap and eventual rescue of General Manager of Water Board, Alhaji Baba Gujbawu, in addition to displacements of five other directors from their respective residences this year.