Lagos Water Corporation has revealed plans to increase its water production capacity to 492 million gallons per day by the year 2023 to close the water demand gap significantly.
The Managing Director, LWC, Mr. Muminu Badmus, while speaking at the World Water day celebration of the Nigerian Bottling Company, said the corporation had also widened its database to effectively supply water to more people in Lagos.
He stated that water meters had been deployed to properties across the state, such that consumers could pay for the exact amount of water consumed.
Badmus called for a multi-sectoral approach to tackle the challenges of access to fresh and portable water for Nigerians with a special focus on the importance of freshwater and sustainable management of freshwater resources.
The Public Affairs and Communications Director, Nigerian Bottling Company Mr. Ekuma Eze, said the annual United Nation’s World Water Day presented a platform for the NBC to advocate the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goal six, which is water for all by 2030.
Eze explained that the NBC considered such a platform as an opportunity to advocate for the sustainable use of water, while also helping communities in need of water interventions to ensure that no one was left behind in water safety.
The Public Affairs Manager, Lagos/West, NBC, Ms Ifeoma Okoye, explained that the company’s efforts were in line with the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company’s 2025 sustainability commitments.
She said, “All NBC plants in Nigeria now boast of effluent treatment facilities as our plant here has a fully functional effluent treatment plant technology, which was deployed to ensure the monitoring and protection of water resources.
“It has recorded a 27 per cent efficiency improvement in the last five years.”
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Bamgboye Abiodun, commended the role of the NBC in ensuring the efficient use and management of water, particularly in their operations.
He said the company had demonstrated a clear commitment to making water accessible not only for their operations but for the communities around them through their water management processes.