Following the contamination of water wells in Mallawa Community in Zaria Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, the Kaduna Environmental Protection Authority (KEPA) on Wednesday made arrangements for alternative water supply in the community.
Usman Lawal, Director, Public Health and Laboratory Science, KEPA, made this known during a visit to the Chairman, Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State, where four filling stations were alleged to be the cause of the water pollution.
According to him, the mandate of KEPA is to ensure environmental protection by safeguarding public health.
“The Mallawa community filed a complaint over contamination of well water with oily pollutant.
“As an environmental protection agency, our mandate is to safeguard public health and ensure environmental assets are protected,’’ Lawal said.
He said that the agency had collected samples from the affected area, which were analysed and confirmed that the water contained petroleum products of hydro carbon which is responsible for many environmental health hazards.
“We have taken so many measures to ensure the polluted water is being analysed to determine the chemical constituents of the pollutant and its source.
“As a result of that, we jointly conducted investigation with relevant agencies to ensure that the people stopped using the polluted water.
“We got the support of the LGA to provide potable water for the community until the investigation is finalised,’’ he said.
Umar Ibrahim, the Deputy Chairman of Zaria LGA said: “We have witnessed the situation and we are providing solutions for the community where its wells and water sources are polluted, possibly by petroleum products’’.
He assured the agency that the local government management would ensure that the state water corporation provides the community with tankers of water.
Ibrahim also promised that the local government management would fast-track the state government’s efforts in ensuring that every house is connected to pipe-borne water.
“This is to avoid hazards that can likely arise from the polluted water,’’ he said.
He advised the community to be patient and not take the laws into their hands as the present administration is responsive to their health and well-being.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that present at the inspection of the polluted area were the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSREA), Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
There were also representatives of the Kaduna State Water Corporation and various stakeholders.