THE Imo State Government has commenced necessary actions immediate reactivate the Otamiri Water Scheme, in Owerri in an effort to resolve the water challenge the faces state capital.
A press statement Saturday, by the Adviser on Communication to the Deputy Governor, Dr. Walter Duru, stated that the Deputy Governor, Gerald Irona toured the Otamiri Water project to assess its condition.
Irona stressed that the administration of Ihedioha places a high premium on water and that the Otamiri Water facility is one facility the government cannot leave to rot away while the citizens do not have access to potable water.
The deputy governor explained that, “we have decided to resuscitate the Scheme and we shall do all it takes to ensure that this facility comes up again.
“The Governor is very anxious that we utilise this place and provide water for the people of the state.”
“We have looked at the financial implications and evaluated the infrastructure on ground. We shall do our best to ensure that this comes back to life.”
The water scheme had fallen into disrepair over the years. Designed to supply water for a population of 300,000, the population of the state capital at over 1million people meant that the capacity was over stretched.
A former Commissioner for Public Utilities and Rural Development, Chief Ralph Nwosu, had said that most of the equipment at the Water Scheme were obsolete.
In 2009, the state government sought to engage the services of an Israeli company to renovate and repair the Otamiri Water Schemes on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.
Another water scheme in the state is the Okigwe Regional Water Scheme, commissioned by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua in January 2008.
Meanwhile, in 2016, the former governor, Rochas Okorocha officially Commissioned the Imo State Water Scheme, Otamiri which was concessioned to Heging holding Ltd. Okorocha had assured the residents of the state capital that the water from the scheme was thoroughly treated.