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Lagos sets to begin Water Sanitation and Hygiene Survey

The Lagos State government has trained one hundred enumerators to carry out a ten-day survey on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH in the State.

This is part of efforts to generate data on the availability of WASH facilities in public places, including schools, markets, and hospitals.

The survey will also include a baseline study of the State Water Corporation facilities, capacity and supply.

In his remarks during the one-day training of the enumerators in Ikeja, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, who was represented by the Director of Drainage Enforcement, Mahmoud Adegbite explained that the data generated would enable the government to know specific areas to direct investments into.

“We already know some of our inadequacies and that’s why we are doing Adiyan scheme two, so, from the data that will be generated, we will know the functional water schemes, how adequate they are, the sanitation facilities, their status, so that if households are reporting inadequate water supply, we know what to do while planning and implementing,” he said

On her part, the Director, Water Resources, Omolanke Taiwo pointed out that in addition to access, the survey would also enable the State government to check indiscriminate drilling of boreholes across Lagos

She said “From the survey, we will know if we have enough boreholes in a particular locality and if anyone wants to drill boreholes, we will be able to say enough is enough”

The Consultant to the State Government on WASH, Muslimat Sanni-Anibire explained that the baseline survey would also cover the quality of water available to Lagosians.

“There are some provisions in some local governments that are no longer adequate for the population, some will need to be upscaled and some may need rehabilitation and there are some schemes that the groundwater may have been polluted and this will be evident in the water quality, and enable the government to decommission such and resort to surface water or make other alternative provisions for residents in such areas” Sanni-Anibire explained.

The survey will be conducted across all Local government and Council Development Areas from the 16th of this month to the 25th.

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya; Editing by Tina Oyinsan