Saturday, February 24, 2024

FCT Water Board Generates N3.1bn In 11 Months

The Federal Capital Territory Water Board says it has generated N3.1 billion revenue from January to November.

The acting General Manager of the Board, Daniel Salka who disclosed this during the Board’s end of year media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, explained that the amount was higher than the N2.5 billion generated in 2022.

Salka added that currently, the Board’s monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) has increased from about N200 million to over N300 million.

The acting MD described the FCT Water Board as one of the “key” revenue generating agencies of the FCT Administration, explaining that the main source of the revenue was the sales of water which constitutes about 95 percent.

Salka added that other revenues were generated from lifting points, water connections, water analysis, tender fee on procurement matters and prepaid metres.

The acting MD also said that the Board had been able to reduce non-revenue water, explaining that non-revenue water was water that was being lost to either leakages on the pipes, illegal connections, or faulty metres among others, which does not accrue to the Board as revenue.

The Task Team on Revenue Drive and Illegal Connections discovered several illegal connections and disconnected or formalised them, while those that were not paying water bills were made to pay their bills to avoid being disconnected, Salka added.

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On the supply of water to residents of the city, the acting MD said that the Board was able to sustain improved water supply, despite the exponential increase in FCT population.

“Presently, we are supplying 13,00O cubic metres of water per hour, amounting to 312,000 cubic metres per day. This is, however, not enough due to the inability of the facilities to convey more.

“Our Water Treatment Plants 1 and 2 have the capacity of producing 5,000 cubic metres of water per hour, while plants 3 and 4 has the capacity to produce 10,000 cubic metres each per hour.

“In the whole, the four plants have the capacity of producing 30,000 cubic metres per hour for distribution to customers across the areas covered by the water distribution lines in Phases I, II and III.

“However, Phases III and IV of the Plants are mainly meant to service reservoir Tanks 1 and 6 but have been under construction for a while now.

“Similarly, it is important to mention that Plant 2 is also undergoing renovation and therefore, not functioning for now,” he said.

identified some of the challenges affecting the performance of the Board to include inadequate infrastructure, population growth and lack of functional metering system.

Salka, nonetheless, expressed optimism for improved service in 2024 as he reaveled part of activities earmarked for 2024 is to improve service delivery which includes; improved community engagements and sensitization of the public to pay for water and protect water infrastructure.

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