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Published On: Thu, Jul 31st, 2014

Sokoto, Kebbi residents groan as power outage causes water shortage

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Local pure water makerFrom Raji Bello, Sokoto

Sokoto and other neighbouring states such as Kebbi and part of Niger have been cut off from national grid since July 27, 2014 , and yet to be restored as at the time of filling this report.

Officials of the National Power Holding Company confirmed that it was due to yet-to-be identified fault that affected the 330 KWA transmission line along Kanji-Kotangora-Kebbi/Sokoto route.

Residents in Sokoto state had now depended on alternative mean of using generating sets for their power supply needs and other socio-economic activities.

The power cut has also affected the water supply in the state. Peoples Daily observed that residents were seen scouting for water in area that boreholes, and wells are dug.

The Business Manager in charge of Marina station, Alhaji Abubakar Shiru attributed the problem to a fault along Birnin Kebbi- Kainji power supply line.

He added that frantic efforts are be made by the technical team in identifying the fault and possible restoration of the lines.

His words: “Efforts are on to trace the fault with a view to rectify it and restore normal power supply to the city and its environs,” he added.

When contacted, the state Water Board said the average daily water supply to Sokoto city and its environs has dropped from 60 million gallons to about 32 million gallons.

General Manager of the Board, Alhaji Moyi Tambuwal said the problem is attributable to the complete power outage to the city from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

“This problem started about three days ago and we have been using our stand-by generators to complement the power supply.

“We have been using about 4400 liters of diesel daily to run our generators,” Tambuwal, explained.

According to the General Manager, part of the problem was attributable to the breakdown of a generator at the treatment plant, although the fault had since been rectified.

Tambuwal further stated that efforts are on to improve the average daily supply of water to Sokoto residents.

He explained that two alum dosing pumps had recently been rehabilitated by the state government at the water treatment plant.

“Four additional alum dosing pumps had also been ordered by the state government and they will arrive Sokoto soon.

“All these are parts of efforts to modernise the alum dosing unit with a view to making it more efficient,” Tambuwal, added.

He appealed to the residents to be patient, as the board was committed to providing adequate potable water for them.

 

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