Katsina State Government has so far spent the sum of N18 billion out of the projected N25 billion to rehabilitate, renovate, construct dams and water treatment plants, expansion of new pipelines and purchase quality machines.
The state commissioner of water resources, Alhaji Musa Adamu Funtua disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in his office on Tuesday.
He said the government is also considering the demolition of houses and structures built on water pipelines to make room for the expected surge that may arise.
Funtua who noted that water projects are capital intensive and costly said the sector has enjoyed the utmost attention of Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s administration.
According to him, the present administration is now fixing the rot and challenges abandoned by the previous governments in the sector.
To ensure commitment and patronage from the consumers on completion of the project, he said the government will rally around the stakeholders and reach out to the House of Assembly to work out modalities on how the projects would be sustained through the payment of taxes or water rates by the consumers to further boost the economy of the State.
On the Zobe dam water treatment plant, he said its initial capacity was 100 million gallons per day, but currently has a capacity of 30 million gallons and when fully commissioned it is expected to rise to 70 million gallons per day.