Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra on Monday, inaugurated the first phase of the Otuocha Regional Water Supply Scheme at Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area, with a promise to ensure its sustainability.
It would supply potable water to three communities in Anambra East namely Aguleri, Umuleri and Umuoba-Anam.
Obiano said the project which was the first of its kind in the area, would be reticulated to major streets in the benefiting communities.
He noted that the collection points had been mounted to enable the people have easy access to water.
“Individuals, who would want it reticulated into their homes should meet with the Ministry of Public Utilities for authorisation and proper supervision,” the governor said.
According to him, when completed, the second phase would extend supplies to eight other communities within Anambra West and Ayamelum Local Government Areas (LGAs)p>
He urged the benefiting communities to take charge of the projects and ensure adequate protection against vandalism.
The governor gave an assurance that his administration had made necessary provisions for sustainability of the water scheme.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Public Utilities, Mr Emeka Ezenwanne, explained that the water was sourced from Omambala River and treated for public consumption.
Ezenwanne, an engineer, said that the treatment facility had the capacity to treat 10 million litres of water daily with sophisticated complementary facilities to serve public interest.
Transition Committee Chairman, Anambra East, Mr Obi Nweke, expressed gratitude to the governor for intervening over the pressing need.
He said the scheme would boost environmental health and promote wellness.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)