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Lagos plans Water Supply and Sanitation Policy

Lagos state in south west Nigeria is about to develop a water supply and sanitation policy to enhance sustainable water supply and sanitation delivery.

Babatunde Fashola, Lagos State Governor

A reliable source told eWASH that a stakeholder’s workshop to review a draft Water Supply and Sanitation Policy for the state will hold November 23, 2011.

Lagos is Nigeria’s most cosmopolitan State, and serves as Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Access to safe drinking water by the estimated 17 million inhabitants of the ‘mega city’ is a large challenge as the state public utility- the Lagos Water Corporation is only able to meet about 30% of its demand; the shortfall is augmented by supply from water vendors, charities, development partners and privately dug boreholes and open wells.

A very small percentage of Lagos State residents enjoy centralised sewerage.

Sanitation problems include open defecation, plastic bag defecation, poor-flush toilets and discharging to open devices.

eWASH learnt that the development of the Water Supply and Sanitation Policy is being supported by the World Bank Financed Second National Urban Water Sector Reform Programme.

 

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