The Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LASWARCO) has sealed the water treatment plant of the Lekky County Homes Estate in the Lekki area of the state for producing unhealthy water.
The commission saidd it tackled the situation following non-compliance with its regulatory directives regarding the supply of water fit for human consumption.
This comes on the heels of the outcome of the inspection led by the Director, Technical Services of LASWARCO, Engr. Adefemi Afolabi.
The Chief Public Affairs Officer, LASWARCO, Otaru Adegoke said, “The commission had to wield the big stick having given the service provider till the end of June to comply with regulatory directives regarding the supply of water fit for human consumption.”
Adegoke noted that residents of the estate wrote a petition to the commission about the quality of the water the utility provider of the Lekky County Homes Estate was supplying.
Afolabi said: “Following a petition received by the commission, we inspected the facility on 26 May 2022 and conducted a series of tests.
“On 30 May 2022, we invited the complainants and the service provider to a meeting after which we issued a regulatory directive to the service provider on a resolution of the challenges.”
According to Afolabi, the commission decided to seal the water treatment plant and pump station of the Lekky County Apartment based on the result of the tests conducted through the Mobile Lab and Water Lab of the Commission.
“The facility will remain shut until the regulatory directive regarding wholesome water is complied with,” he warned.
The enforcement team also visited the Victoria Garden City, VGC, Water Plant in Lekki where the officials of the Commission carried out the relevant tests on the facility through the Mobile Lab.
“The inspection of the VGC water facility was also based on a petition by residents of the estate who complained about the quality of water and high tariffs by the service provider.
“We have conducted the relevant tests and taken samples for further investigation. The result will be out after four working days. As a Commission, we are interested in the quality of water being supplied to residents by the service providers as well as their viability.
“We want utilities to comply with the Drinking Water Quality of the state government. The interest of consumers is of paramount importance to LASWARCO, and no effort will be spared to protect residents and ensure that they are only exposed to wholesome water,” Afolabi said.