Water scarcity looms in Enugu as construction firm destroys headworks


Some parts of Enugu metropolis has been struck by water scarcity following the destruction of Iva Headworks in Ekulu River at Akama Ngwo in Enugu North council area of Enugu State by a construction company, Reynolds Construction Company (RCC).

Iva Waterworks is the oldest water supply source, to Enugu metropolis that was built by the colonial government in 1924.

But, RCC has an excavation site nearby from where the company sources sand for construction of roads in Enugu State.

The excavation activities at the site, it was gathered, led to the collapse of mountains of excavated soils into the waterworks.

This development effectively contaminated the river and subsequently cut off water supply to most parts of the Coal City, particularly in GRA, Government House, Trans-Ekulu and other parts of the capital city which used to have 24 hours regular water supply from the intake work.

Conducting newsmen at the Iva water intake site, the Managing Director of Enugu State Water Corporation, Engr. Martin Okwor said that Iva was one of the most reliable water supply sources to Enugu, built in 1924 and upgraded in 1952.

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Enugu State Governor’s Special Adviser on Water Resources, Mr. Dubem Onyia Jnr said that the state government through the Ministry of Works had contacted RCC to know if the company did environmental impact assessment before the excavation activity

When newsmen met RCC Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Onah for reactions, he declined comments and insisted that it was the federal ministry of works that would speak to the press on the matter.

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