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97% Of Kano Households Drink Contaminated Water – Dr. Aliyu Barau

Abdullahi Ganduje

Abdullahi Ganduje

Dr Aliyu Barau of Bayero University Kano (BUK) has come out to say that 97 per cent of households in Kano state drink contaminated water.

Barau recently revealed this at a one-day seminar on drought in Kano city, and Nigerians have been reacting.

According to him, most drinking water in the state was contaminated by Escherichia coli (E.coli), a bacterium commonly found in the gut of warm-blooded organisms, and it will only lead to sicknesses for citizens.

Barau added that drastic measures must be taken because clear indications has shown that if nothing is done, Kano may likely experience a serious drought as it did some years back.

His words, “In some parts of Kano city, the state’s water board can only provide water to 3.2 per cent, while 70.1 per cent use water from wells and boreholes.”

“97 per cent of households drink water contaminated by Escherichia coli.”

“The deliberate abandonment and destruction of environmental heritage, with priceless ecological and social benefits, are among the major causes of drought in the state.”

“Environmental heresy is fueled by total lack of responsibility and accountability to past, present and future generations.”

“Smart urban planning and sponge architecture and engineering policymakers should embrace knowledge-based water governance, and the water board should develop water supply clusters for maximum efficiency.”

“Government should rehabilitate rural water infrastructure for equitable rural-urban water security, individuals and businesses should reduce water leakages and wastages.”

“All should embrace collaborative consumption of water and promote its recycling and also universities should lead the society to address the drought crisis in all its ramifications.”


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