In a bid to ensure that there is no outbreak of water borne diseases in the State of Osun, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has approved the purchase of 100 water tankers for distribution of potable water across the nooks and crannies of the state.
The idea of the Tanker Water Distribution, tagged O’ Water was initiated by the state government following the serious damage done to most of the pipelines as a result of past and ongoing road construction works in the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Mrs. Tawa Williams ,disclosed this at the Quarterly Ministerial Media Briefing, held on Tuesday at the State Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo.
Mrs. Williams who described Governor Aregbesola as a visionary leader, explained that the water distribution idea was part of the determination of the governor to alleviate the suffering of the people who trek long distances, on a daily basis, to get potable.
Mrs. William affirmed that in the next three weeks, the water tankers will start operation and people, regardless of where they live and the distance, will have access to potable water.
Emphasizing the importance of the scheme, the Special Adviser said, apart from enhancing water distribution within the state, it will also serve as an avenue to create more employment opportunity for the people of the state.
On whether the programme will be permanent, Mrs. Williams explained that the tanker water distribution programme is a temporary intervention measure to allow gradual replacement of the pipe network to guarantee free flow of potable water across the state.
Mrs. Williams however assured the general public that the water distribution system would be monitored and controlled by the ministry while the water will also be well treated, clean and drinkable.
On how to pay water bill, Mrs. Williams said, Osun State Water Corporation has early this year began the system of electronic payment (e-payment), the newly adopted method of payment which she said was part of government’s efforts at ensuring fraud-free collection of money for water consumed by the customers.
The SA explained that, though the system may have been currently experience some hiccups but as time goes on people will get used to it and payment of water rates will become easier.
She, however, directed customers of Osun State Water Corporation to visit the banks designated for the payment of their water bills, saying it is only by doing this that the water scheme can be effectively run and maintained.
She further explained the readiness of the government to ensure that water schemes are repositioned for efficient and optimal performance.