The Rivers State Government is fine turning plans to kick-start a mega water scheme for Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.
The Director in charge of water in the Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Development, Engr L.N.Nwafor disclosed this in an interview with The Tide, Wednesday,in Port Harcourt.
Engr Nwafor also said that all the existing water facilities in the city will be upgraded for effective distribution of water in the two local government areas.
In addition to the proposed project, government he said is also planning a regional water scheme for the rural areas.
According to him, the regional water scheme will involve the construction of full fledged pumping stations, while a treatment plant will be in installed in the riverine areas because of the peculiarities of the area.
He identified some problems affecting clean water production in the riverine areas to include iron and other biological and chemical impurities, stressing that those areas need complete treatment plant to take care of the contaminations.
Engr Nwafor also stated that the problem of water scarcity in Ataba and Bille in Andoni and Degema Local Government Areas respectively are being tackled by the government.