LASEPA reopens 1004 Estates’ water treatment plant
AFTER complying with Lagos State Environmental protection Agency (LASEPA) directives, the 1004 estates’ mega size 1.6million litre capacity water treatment, which services the estate needs, has been reopened.
The 1004 Estates Limited water plant was temporarily shut by LASEPA due to complaints received from the Crescent School located next to the water treatment plant in the estate.
The estate owners and managers regret the incident and have pledged to also work closely with LASPA and Lagos drainage department to clear the main collector drains at Samuel Manuwa street leading up to Itirin canal by Mobil headquarters, which was overtaken by street traders and frequently blocked by activities that prevent the smooth outflow of drains from the estate.
LASEPA had given 1004 Estates Limited steps to take ameliorated the impact of its operation, which led to the plants reopening. The immediate causes of the complaint arose from some inflow of backwash through a low level secondary drain of the crescent school drainage after the renovations of the estate.
In a statement, the estate officials said that the company has worked with both LASEPA and the Crescent School and the American International School, which also share the common drain.
They have also arranged meetings with all parties to facilitate the arrangements for 1004 Estates Limited to take the responsibility for maintaining the stretch of the drains fronting the two school property.
Senior officials of the 1004 Estates Limited said the estate was also able to test its contingency back up plans as the company was able to provide normal 24hour water services due to the efficient management of the reservoir tank storage during the two week closure, which avoided the immense discomfort that would have affected the residents of the estate.
General Manager, LASEPA, Adebola Shabi who confirmed the reopening of the plant to The Guardian noted that the closure was preemptive to ensure that the issues of any backwash were sorted out during the school holidays when children are not in school.
He stated that a memorandum of understanding was endorsed between both parties. “1004 Estates has 4, 000 residents being regularly served with potable water from its three 300 metres industrial boreholes and it’s modern 1.6 million litre treatment plant and places a premium on health and safety of residents (majority of whom are expatriates) on the estate and to it’s neighbours,” the statement said.