FCTA allays fears of prolonged water scarcity in Abuja 

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 Hudu Yakubu  Abuja
Authority of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) Water Board has allayed fears of possible prolonged water scarcity, following its earlier announcements that water supply was going to be shutdown in some areas of Abuja.
The Acting General Manager, FCT Water Board, Dame Joy Okoro, said yesterday at a press briefing in Abuja that the proposed water shutdown is going to be for only 5 days to enable a repair works on some of the ageing water infrastructures.
Okoro, noted that the urgent  repairs  were a measure to prevent a total collapse of the roof stab of the concrete tanks and also preserve its integrity for clean water supply.
She explained that one of the concrete tanks supplying water to residents have been in use for the past 38 years and some components already degraded.
” The tank is an enclosed concrete structure that suffers constant attack of chlorine fumes for the past 38 years. The roof slabs and support colum have degraded for all these years and was captured for reconstruction under the Rehab“, she said.
According to her, the Military barracks, University of Abuja, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and other communities that will be affected, need to store up water, as the shutdown will last only for 5 days.
” The magnitude of the present shut down is for only 5 days and it is segmented in two stages, stage 1 is planned for 2 days while, stage 2 is for 3 days. All this is to ease  the hardship on water supply to affected areas“, she added.
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