To address the perennial water scarcity within Bauchi metropolis and environs, Governor Bala Mohammed on Thursday flagged off contracts for the rehabilitation and expansion of water supply facilities targeted to the urban populace.
Speaking at the occasion held at Gubi Dam treatment plant in Bauchi, the Governor said over 137 million naira has been released to the Bauchi State Urban Water and Sewerage Corporation as part of efforts to find lasting solution to the shortage of water supply in the state.
Governor Mohammed said his administration had taken measures to find lasting solution to the challenges facing water supply as efforts are on going to ensure improvement in the sector before 100 days of his government.
He noted that the multi billion naira project was designed to ensure affordable, economical and sustainable access to water services to all consumers within areas of coverage and it is expected to be completed by December, 2021.
Speaking at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Water Resources, Alhaji Umar Shehu said the Bauchi State Urban Water Sector Reform Project is being executed by the state government with the support of World Bank through a credit facility of sixty five point five million dollars with the state government counterpart of six point five million dollars.
Alhaji Shehu explained that the major components of the project include, Rehabilitation of Gubi Dam at the cost of 791,981,863.60, Rehabilitation and Expansion of Gubi Water treatment plant at the cost of 1,235,611,461.32, replacement of tx mains from Gubi Dam to Warinji and Buzaye Reservoir at the cost of 2,987,873,720.20, and 937,000,000 respectively.
Others are extension of 100km main distribution network at the cost of 1,235,611,461.32, construction of 500mm mains Gubi Dam junction to the Reservoir at Buzaye Hills at the cost 890,470,864.53, and construction of 7000m3 concrete reservoir at Warinji hills at the cost of 2,987,873,720.26 among others.
The project consultant, Mr Joern Schwarzer believed that when completed, project will impact positively on the well being of people of the state especially in terms of sanitation and hygiene.