The Federal Government may shut down public water treatment plants that are not operating according to the country’s standard for quality drinking water, an official said.
Mr Samuel Ome, Director, Water Quality and Sanitation Control, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.
He said the measure which would be implemented in 2014 was accepted by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), to which all drinking water producing factories must key into.
“Many public water treatment plants in Nigeria may be closed down for non-compliance (to set standard). Enforcement will most likely commence next year.
“And don’t be surprised when you start hearing that directives have been given to some water producers to stop production pending when they will standardize their treatment process.
“So that’s what we are working towards. We are not going to engage ourselves with sachet water for now because every woman in every household produces it. Checking that will be a difficult task.”
He said it was important to have in place an implementation standard in order to safeguard the lives of citizens through the consumption of clean water.
Ome said the water quality testing laboratories existing in six states of the country, would be the mechanism that would be used to check the standard of water treatment plants across the country.
“The mechanism for this aspect is that we have six functional national reference water quality laboratories located in Enugu, Akure, Lagos, Minna, Kano, and Gombe.
“We are also constructing six additional ones and it is our hope that in the future we will establish laboratories in all the states of the federation.
“In which case, we will be nearer to the people who produce the water.”