A US$ 50M grant has been secured from the French Development Agency (AFD) for the implementation of a water project in Plateau state, Nigeria. This was revealed by Mrs. Stella Buge, the Managing Director, of Plateau State Water Board.
According to Buge, the board will use the fund to build more kilometers of water pipes in the state’s hitherto untapped areas. Thereby addressing the state’s ongoing problems with water scarcity.
She said, “The AFD is currently on location to oversee this project for the expansion of the distribution network. The goal of this project is to improve the water supply and quality for Plateau residents.
The Yakubu Gowon dam and the Lamingo Dam are the two water plants that will be renovated. As a result, the engineering team has inspected them both.”
Also Read: Nigeria instates river basin BOT to restore water projects in 6 states
The Yakubu Gowon dam phases one and two to be expanded and repaired as part of the water project in Plateau state
According to Buge, the Yakubu Gowon dam phases one and two, which were built in 1981 and 2001, respectively, and have a combined production capacity of 90 million gallons per day, will be expanded and repaired in order to increase the city’s water supply. The Lamingo Water Treatment Plant would also receive improvements, she continued.
The managing director applauded the state government’s involvement in the water sector, especially the AFD-supported Plateau State Urban Water Project.
The French engineers after the inspection said that the dams would undergo the replacement of chemical pumps and motors. As well as low and high-lift pumps and motors.
She said that in addition to changing the filter valves, the sedimentation tanks would be drained. Along with a 2MVA phase two transformer and a phase two lamella package.