Bauchi state is reportedly spending close to N1 billion every year to supply potable water to Bauchi metropolis and environs.
Managing Director of Bauchi Water and Sewerage Corporation, Engineer Aminu Aliyu Gital disclosed this in Bauchi at a Town Hall meeting between trade associations and the Water Corporation.
He said that over N900 million is being spent annually as operations costs through the corporation by the Bauchi State government to supply potable water to residents of Bauchi metropolis and its environs.
Engineer Gital informed that the objective of the meeting was to sensitise water users in the metropolis on the need to pay their bills to complement government’s effort to provide a sustainable, effective and efficient service delivery to the people.
The MD of the state water and sanitation corporation informed that the cost of treating and supplying potable to the public are divided into two components.
He said that the first component which is the “Capital Cost" takes care of infrastructures like treatment plant, reservoirs, pipes, vehicles and other things while the "Operating Cost" involves the cost of treatment chemicals and additives like alum, soda ash, chlorine, chlorine powder, electricity, salaries and other miscellaneous expenses.
According to him, the government has shouldered the capital cost by providing the infrastructures and machineries needed for the water treatment and that the state policy on water and sanitation had clearly stated that the “Operating Cost" should be borne by the customers through the payment of their water bills.
He lamented that the corporation sent bills to customers monthly to the tune of N20 Million but it hardly realise N3 Million from the bills that sent out.