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Rail Line: Surulere residents decry two months of lack of water supply

Residents of Oke Olu street in Iponri community, Surulere, Lagos Mainland, have cried out on the ongoing water troubles faced in the axis and the current struggles in getting potable water.

InsideMainland gathered that residents of the community have been thrown into water scarcity since July 2018 and efforts to ensure a solution was reached yielded no positive outcome.

According to a resident, the development first appeared to the resident as a simple fault that would immediately be fixed by the Water Corporation. “We only thought it was a simple problem with the pipes used to channel water to the area. It took weeks before we realized it was a major issue that would take a while before it will be resolved,” the resident told InsideMainland.

“We recently realized the pipes channeled to the area were also on the same path as the ongoing rail line construction. So the pipes had to be removed and blocked around Costain. This has continued for weeks and we have been unable to get water since then.

“It has become difficult to access clean water because of the stress occasioned with getting borehole water daily. We have to walk a distance to fetch borehole water from other houses and it is becoming stressful when we can run a tap in front of our homes,” the source further narrated.

Meanwhile, InsideMainland learnt that the ongoing rail line construction has not only affected water supply to Oke Olu street in Iponri. Residents of other adjoining streets in the axis have also faced torrid times accessing potable water.



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