Government Launches Standard for Drinking Water
The Federal Government has officially launched the Nigerian Standard for Drinking Water Quality (NIS: 554:2015) to ensure quality drinking water supply to the general public.
Launching the new Water Quality Standard on Thursday 22nd February, 2018 in Abuja, the Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, FNSE said that the availability of reliable and clean supply of water is one of the determinants of the nation’s health system.
“The target for water is to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all free from contamination,” he said.
Adamu further informed that the water quality laboratories situated in some states of the country under the supervision of Ministry of Water Resources has the responsibility of water surveillance and enforcement of the standard.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Musa Ibrahim said that, it is critical to ensure that the water provided for human consumption is safely and sustainably managed.
In his goodwill message, the Director General of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Mr. Osita Aboloma represented by Mrs Elsie Ofili, Deputy Director of the Organization said that the good collaborative relationship between the ministry and SON is in controlling and ensuring the quality and safety of drinking water supply in Nigeria, this will in turn curtail the ugly effect of water related diseases.
Professor Abdulrahman Audu of Department of Water Quality, Bayero University, Kano, in his remark said that they at the academia have long looked forward to the implementation of water quality standard in Nigeria.