…As Contractor Lays 92 Km Distribution Pipes, Vows To Deliver Project Before Deadline
The ongoing rehabilitation, expansion, and upgrade of the Gombe Regional Water Supply Scheme has reached a significant level of completion as the company handling the project embarked on pipe laying and installation of treatment facilities.
This was disclosed by the Site Manager handling the project, Engr. Abubakar Umar when addressing journalists shortly after conducting them round the project sites.
According to the Engr, the contractor has been undertaking the pipe-laying works which is a vital component of the project concurrently with other civil works and both components have reached a significant level of completion.
“Though it is less than 12 months since we mobilised to site, but thankfully, the overall project have so far reached about 78% completion, and with this rate, I am confident that we shall deliver the project before the deadline”, he noted.
Shedding more light on the communities so far covered by the pipe laying works, Engr Abubakar said, “We have so far laid pipes in London Mai Ɗorawa, Nayinawa, Bagadaza, Kuwait, Libya, Tumfure and Nasarawo communities in our efforts to meet up with the 160-kilometer pipeline network as contained in the terms and conditions of the contract.”
“Out of the 160km of pipe network, we constructed about 91.68km representing 53.3% and still counting”
He promised to deliver an excellent project which will stand the test of time. “Quality is our core value, we don’t compromise on that. We are using High-Density Polyethylene Pipes while ensuring strict conformity to internationally acceptable standards”, he assured.
The pipeline construction aimed to expand the existing pipe networks covering communities that have not been connected to the erstwhile regional water supply system that has been constructed about 15 years ago.
On the rehabilitation and upgrade of the 5-million-liter capacity Wuro Juli Water Scheme, the site Engr elaborated that about twelve industrial boreholes have been sunk and connected to the facility.
“We have installed the treatment plant which will ensure that the water from the boreholes meets internationally recommend health and safety standards before releasing it to the consumers”.
“This is in addition to the admin block, perimeter fencing, and other rehabilitation works we are undertaking on the site”, he added.
On the establishment of a new 300,000-litre capacity borehole-based water scheme and treatment plant in Tabra, Engr Abubakar said, the contractor has completed most of the vital components of the mini plant including the overhead and ground reservoirs, installation of the treatment facility, sinking and connecting of the industrial boreholes among other works.
“The Tabra-Mini water plant is independent; It is not connected to the main Dadin Kowa Supply system. The facility gets its water from the industrial boreholes sunk around the area to tap underground water resources”, adding that the facility is meant to serve Tabra Community and its environs.
“The facility contains Admin block, control room, treatment plant, pumping room, powerhouse among others which are all on the verge of completion”, He explained
The Rehabilitation Expansion and Upgrade of the Gombe Regional Water Supply Scheme is a multi-billion naira project embarked upon by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya Administration in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
The contract was awarded in June last year to Jidadu Ventures Ltd with a completion period of 18 months and additional 6 months of defects and liability.
The project also covers the construction of 3 New Mega Booster Stations which are almost completed, rehabilitation and replacement of a 1.5-million litre capacity overhead reservoir at the Women Center, replacement of several valves, and installation of meters among others.