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Ajiwa, Zobe projects to end water scarcity in Kastina – Masari

Governor Bello Masari as he inspects ongoing rehabilitation of Ajiwa Water Works in Katsina

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State says the rehabilitation of Ajiwa water treatment plant and the construction of distribution networks for Zobe Dam will supply 100 million litres of water to the state capital and its environs daily.

Governor Masari stated this when he inspected the Ajiwa water supply facility and some reservoirs and booster stations within Kastina metropolis that are undergoing rehabilitation.

He said the ongoing rehabilitation at Ajiwa Water Works is a holistic one that includes expansion of the trenches of the dam and comprehensive works on the water treatment plant and the power supply system of the facility.

“First of all we started with the dam, we have completely rehabilitated it while all the pumps at the chemicals room have been changed, the filter media has been changed and what is now left is works on the pump house which we have done 75 percent.

“International trade and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have stalled the project for the past couple of months but the project is still on course.”By the time all the pumps are installed and all the civil, mechanical and electrical aspects of the project are completed, the Ajiwa water works will be able to produce its initial design capacity of 50 million litres of water per day which will be taken to Katsina for distribution.

The contractor handling the project, Alhaji Salisu Mamman while briefing the governor at the premises of the facility explained that the two power generator houses are 100 percent completed, while the machines are still being test-run in Germany.

“As part of the government’s conscious efforts to procure premium quality machines we have engaged the services of Rolls Roys Power Company that has its office in Munchen, Germany. “The company is now in its forty-third week of manufacturing the generators and by next week its engineers will make an virtual online presentation of the machines during the state Executive Council Meeting. “By the first quarter of next year we are going to receive delivery and full installation of a combined power of 4,200 KVA, translating to about 3,800 kilowatt of energy to power the Ajiwa Water Supply facility.

“The quantum of water to be generated and distributed from this facility requires a commensurate investment in power and the government is doing just that”, Kadandani said.

In a related development, Governor Masari has inspected the ongoing fencing of all booster stations and water supply reservoirs within Katsina metropolis.

He explained that the project was aimed at guarding the facilities against encroachment by people that reside in their vicinity.

The water facilities that were fenced include the water reservoir at Rafin Dadi, the elevated concrete tank at Dutsinma Road, the industrial water supply facility at Kano Road roundabout and the booster station at Kofar Kaura in Katsina.

Ismail Adamu

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