Kaduna invests N650m on water works, assures of improved supply

The Kaduna state government Wednesday said it has spent N650 million to boost water capacity utilisation from 8% to 25%, while assuring residents that 50% capacity utilisation will be achieved by June, as the state work towards improved water supply.

The Kaduna state Commissioner for Public Works and Infrastructures, Ibrahim Hamza, who stated this in Kaduna, urged residents to pay their water bills promptly as there is no increase in tariff yet, while assuring that there would be massive improvement in supply of clean and clear water across the state following the injection of N650 million by Governor Uba Sani’s administration into the Kaduna water system to provide clean and hygienic potable water for citizens of the state.

Addressing the media in his office, the commissioner said on assumption of office in May 2023, they met various challenges including 8% capacity utilisation, leaking pipes broken during urban renewal project.

He said the state government decided to carry out a holistic restructuring of the water works, and came up with strategies and policies that when put in place will ensure huge improvement in supply of clean, clear water across the state, noting that the plans and strategies are awaiting implementation, once approved by the Kaduna state Executive Council within two weeks.

“The government of Sen. Uba Sani committed N650 million to the water works between October and December to create succour, so that the corporation will continue to work. He gave N400 million in November and gave a counterpart fund of N250 million for a World Bank project WASH in December. The full counterpart funding was N500 million and the second part of N250 million will soon be paid. Kaduna State Water Corporation (KADSWAC) is trying to resolve the pipe damages done by the urban renewal project.”