Bauchi state government under the leadership of governor Muhammad Abubakar in its effort to make pure water available for domestic uses in the state it constructed 32 solar generated water borehole, 1500 hand pumps and renovated over 10,000 boreholes across the state LGA.
Inside Arewa gathered in every community the state government built a water borehole available to the public and community leaders assigned someone to be monitoring them.
A resident of Sirko community in Misau LG of Bauchi has this to say about the borehole in their community. “We are grateful to Barrister Mohammed Abubakar by providing an easy way for us to get water close to us without going Rigachuwa river to get water which is miles aways from us but now we can get water to our animals and other domestic uses without traveling miles”.
Bauchi spends over N900m on water supply a year
Bauchi state is reportedly spending close to N1 billion every year to supply potable water to Bauchi metropolis and environs.
Managing Director of Bauchi Water and Sewerage Corporation, Engineer Aminu Aliyu Gital disclosed this in Bauchi at a Town Hall meeting between trade associations and the Water Corporation.
He said that over N900 million is being spent annually as operations costs through the corporation by the Bauchi State government to supply potable water to residents of Bauchi metropolis and its environs.
Engineer Gital informed that the objective of the meeting was to sensitise water users in the metropolis on the need to pay their bills to complement government’s effort to provide a sustainable, effective and efficient service delivery to the people.
The MD of the state water and sanitation corporation informed that the cost of treating and supplying potable to the public are divided into two components.
He said that the first component which is the “Capital Cost” takes care of infrastructures like treatment plant, reservoirs, pipes, vehicles and other things while the “Operating Cost” involves the cost of treatment chemicals and additives like alum, soda ash, chlorine, chlorine powder, electricity, salaries and other miscellaneous expenses.
According to him, the government has shouldered the capital cost by providing the infrastructures and machineries needed for the water treatment and that the state policy on water and sanitation had clearly stated that the “Operating Cost” should be borne by the customers through the payment of their water bills.
He lamented that the corporation sent bills to customers monthly to the tune of N20 Million but it hardly realise N3 Million from the bills that sent out.
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