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Water Corporation clears air on cancer-causing agents contained in water


LAGOS – The Lagos State Water Corporation on Friday allayed fears of cancer-causing metals contained in water supplied by the corporation to Ijora-Badia residents of the state.
The Managing Director, Shoya Holloway, cleared the air during a press briefing which held in Lagos, stating that samples had been tested and nothing was contained in the water.
Holloway told newsmen that an earlier publication in a national daily on Dec. 31, had accused the corporation of having higher than required iron and lead content in the water supplied to residents in the area.
“In response to this, a team of experts from the Lagos State Corporation and the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission visited the area and samples of the water was taken from different locations within the area.
“Following a thorough investigation through laboratory test, none of the samples contained either iron nor lead.
“We are therefore confident that the consumers of the corporation’s water at Ijora-Badia and other parts of the state are not in any way exposed to any form of cancer-causing chemicals,” he said.
Commenting on the activities of illegal vendors, the managing director said that they were adversely affecting the operations of the corporation.
He told newsmen that their unprofessional activities affected the quality of water in the area.
“I wish to highlight some of the activities of illegal vendors and how it adversely affects the operations of the corporation, most of these vendors engage in unprofessional laying of service lines.
“They lay pipes through drainage and other unhygienic terrain while sourcing for water; they [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]indiscriminately connect pumping machines to the corporation’s main pipes.
“In cases where the pipes are broken, this may adversely affect the quality of water in the area,”[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″] Holloway said.
He assured residents that water distributed by the corporation was treated and the quality assurance [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]department carried out routine tests on water served.
The managing director also said that the department also monitored and tested the source of water from which its treatment plants produce water.
“We assure residents of the provision of wholesome water and reiterate our commitment to serving the good people of Lagos State with clean, clear portable water, “ Holloway added. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”8″]
He also highlighted some of the challenges faced by the corporation which included, power supply, right-of-way, illegal connection, water theft and adequately recovering cost. (NAN)

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