Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has expressd worries over how goronyo dam deplection has led to shortages in supply of portable water to the state capital and other major towns across the state.
Tambuwal who spoke while on an inspection visit to goronyo dam following revelations by experts that the water level has depleted by as much as 90 per cent said they are devising strategies to tackle the current water scarcity.
Goronyo dam has about 1 billion cubic meter water holding capacity but has alarmingly depleted at about 90 percent of its installed capacity.
Expressing his worries, Tambuwal said, “The reservoir of Goronyo Dam was constructed to hold one billion cubic meter of water but as we’ve seen today, the water in it is just about 100 million cubic meter.
“This has resulted in inadequate supply to the water board and in effect, we had to resort to rationing water to the people. We have however adopted proactive measures to boost supply to the people pending when the rains will come and increase the volume of water in the dam.
“I have directed the state water board to immediately reactivate 12 boreholes in Sokoto metropolis and build additional ones to supplement what we get from other sources,” the Governor added.
In his appeal to people of the state, Tambuwal urged them to be patient saying solution to the problem is been implemented.
“We urge the people to be more patient and to please economise their use of water. Residents should please stop wasting water because it is a precious commodity. We are doing everything possible to overcome these challenges.”
The governor further divulged that his government has spent no fewer than 510 million naira this year on the State Water Beard for the provision of water treatment chemicals, maintenance, settlement of electricity bills, provision of gas amongst others to ensure adequate supply of portable water in the state.
Tambuwak further urged religious scholars and community leaders to pray for early rainfall in the state this year.
Conducting the Governor round the dam site, Managing Director of Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority, Engineer Buhari Bature, said the depletion was the worst seen in the dam in over 25 years.
He attributed the problem to shortage of rainfall in 2017, climate change and lack of desilting of the dam.
Buhari said the problem has affected water supply to water board and irrigation farming in Sokoto and Kebbi states.
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