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FG Enforces Water Test Policy For Boreholes, Others

FG Enforces Water Test Policy For Boreholes, Others

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, announced this on Sunday when he appeared as a guest on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) interview forum in Abuja.

The federal government has unveiled plans to enforce the mandatory water test policy for the drilling of boreholes and other water projects.

The policy is part of the government’s efforts to solve the water quality problems, standards and monitoring in Nigeria.

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, announced this on Sunday when he appeared as a guest on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) interview forum in Abuja.

“We are going to come up with a policy in all our water projects that when you drill boreholes, part of the condition is you must do water tests,” he said.

Water Test Policy
Water Test Policy

Mr Adamu said this policy is part of the federal government’s efforts to strengthen its National Reference Laboratories to solve the water quality problems, standards and monitoring in Nigeria.

He said the periodic water test and quality water surveillance were being carried out in adherence to the Nigerian Standard for Drinking Water Quality.

“For our own projects, the water quality test should be conducted within our laboratories.

Water Test Policy

“In that way, we keep them busy, but we also use the laboratories for surveillance because we are also in charge of water quality surveillance,” he said.

Mr Adamu said the ministry was equally giving priority to the completion of the National Reference Laboratories.

Water Test Policy

“One of the things we are looking at is completion, is that we’ll take a few that can be run directly by the government.

“We may also align some of them with universities or maybe some arrangement for others to run them,” he said.

The minister said this was because there were certain tests or situations where one needed to authenticate some of the water quality tests.

Water Test Policy

He reiterated that the federal government’s priority is to complete the already existing laboratory to strengthen them and authenticate water quality tests.

Mr Adamu explained that sometimes when there was an outbreak of infections, relevant tests were conducted to authenticate some of the hypotheses around the causes of the infections.

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