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Enugu Drivers Get Deadline To Color-Coat Water Tankers

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Water tanker drivers in Enugu have been given till April 30 to paint their tankers with government-approved colors by the Enugu State Ministry of Water Resources. 

Mr. Felix Nnamani who is the state Commissioner for Water Resources, issued the deadline in a statement on Sunday in Enugu.

In the statement which was made available to The Eastern Updates, he said, “Tanker owners and drivers must colour-coat their tankers with sky blue if they are carrying drinking water or yellow if they are for industrial water.

Mr Nnamani added that the type of water must be boldly written on both sides and at the back of the tanker.

He said the directive was in an effort to protect the state residents against water-borne diseases and ensure effective distribution of potable water to the residents.

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Mr Nnamani said an extended six-month window for the compliance, as provided by Enugu State Water Sector Law, 2023, would elapse at the end of April, while enforcement would begin on May 1.

He noted that the extended widow took effect from November 2023.

“Please be properly guided,” he advised.

The government, through its secretary, Chidiebere Onyia, on March 20, expressed dismay that many tanker drivers brought water from anywhere and sold to the residents as drinking water.

Mr Onyia warned that the current administration would not condone such a practice.

According to him, an enforcement team from the state Ministry of Water Resources will be randomly stopping tankers to check the quality of the water they carry.

The Eastern Updates recalls that a fortnight ago, the govern­ment of Enugu State had announced plans to partner with rural com­munities in the state on the provision of clean water.

Briefing journalists at her Enugu office, Chika Mbah, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), revealed that the partnership would be community-led despite being government-driven and financed.

The Eastern Updates

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