FG commissions 5 million litres per day Patigi Water Supply scheme

FG commissions 5 million litres per day Patigi Water Supply scheme

In line with the Federal Government's resolve to commission all completed projects in the 2022-2023 physical year, the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Water Resources has completed and commissioned over the 5 million litres per day  Patigi Water Supply Project.

The project was handed over to Kwara State Government for the provision of potable water to Patigi town and outlying communities in the State.

The  Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman H. Adamu, who commissioned the project at Patigi, Kwara State, revealed that the project was executed in two phases. 

According to him, the 1st phase of the project was awarded to Messrs Gilmor Engineering Ltd and Messrs Yemaq Group Ltd as the Supervising Consultant in December 2012 with about a 45% completion rate in 2014. He added that to move the project forward, the 2nd phase was awarded to Messrs CGC Nigeria Ltd in 2019 with Messrs Qiblat Associates as the Supervising Consultant with a completion period of 24 months. 

Adamu said that the Project was satisfactorily executed and fully completed and delivered in June 2022, stressing that the elements of the works that have been executed and fully completed under the project include the Raw Water Intake Building comprising 3 Nos. Low lift Pumps, control panels and a Mobile Crane for maintenance; and a Conventional treatment plant with a capacity of 5 million litres/day comprising an Aeration tank.

He further revealed that the Sedimentation tank and Filtration Gallery; Chemical building comprising of chemical dosing and mixing machines and Post Chlorination injection system; 5 million litres capacity ground clear water concrete storage tank and 100,000 litres overhead tank on 6 meters height stanchion at the headworks were provided in the water supply scheme alongside many more laudable facilities embedded in the water supply project.

Adamu emphasized that the 5 million Liters per Day Water Supply Project is expected to serve over 200,000 people resident in Patigi town and neighbouring communities, adding that the quality of the treated water from the scheme has been subjected to laboratory tests and established to be within National and International standards for drinking water.  

He reiterated that Some other projects executed by the Federal Government, especially in the rural areas of the State in recent years include the construction of a Water Supply Scheme (Solar Powered Borehole Schemes) in Rani Rahmat, Emiworogi and Lille in Patigi LGA, Kanbi and Oloko-Nla in Moro LGA, Offa in Offa LGA, Agbeola-Oro in Oro LGA, Kolofo in Asa LGA, Yawu in Edu LGA, Omu-Aran in Irepodun LGA; and Construction and rehabilitation of 13 Water Points under the COVID-19 WASH Intervention Programme in 8 LGAs, in addition to numerous other water supply schemes constructed by Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority in form of constituency projects and other special interventions.

He noted that the Contractor has trained operational staff of Kwara State Water Board on various aspects of running the scheme for the benefit of the teeming Patigi population and urged the Kwara State government to ensure proper management and maintenance of the Water Supply Project through its Water Board  in order to provide long term service to the people.

In a statement released on Sunday by the ministry Director of press and public Relations, Kenechukwu Offie said the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq thanked the Minister for the laudable project, and noted that the project will relieve the residents of Patigi of the burden of usual perennial water shortage, reduce the influence of waterborne diseases and improve the living standards of the people of the area and its immediate suburbs.