Kano – The Kano State Government says it would construct 3, 000 hand pumps before the end of 2017 as part effort to provide safe drinking water to the rural dwellers.
Dr Usman Ririwai, the state Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kano.
“If things go well, our plan is to provide 3, 000 hand pumps between now and 2017.
“We have designed a plan to cover all areas in the state and the plan is to provide water to all parts of the state to reduce the hardship being encountered especially by rural dwellers,” he said.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
The commissioner said that the present administration had been able to sustain the production and supply of 450 million litres of water daily to Kano city and its environs.
He said the current water being supplied was between 80 and 85 per cent of the total requirement of the city.
The commissioner said that the 27 water treatment plants in the state were being maintained but due to some construction leakages, rusted and broken pipes, considerable water was being lost.
He, however, explained that the ministry was making concerted effort to address the challenges so as to ensure steady water supply.
Ririwai said the state government was committed to complete the laying of water pipes from Tamburawa to Malam Animu Kano Hospital and from Kundila to Mega station at the Eastern bypass. (NAN)