By Austin Okoro
An erudite scholar and the chairman of the Association of Professional Women Engineers (APWEN), Engr. Dr. Mrs. Magdalene Nkeiru Akanbi has advised Nigerians to always make sure that the water they are drinking are safe as the intake of unsafe water is the major cause of illnesses and diseases among humans.
She stated this while addressing newsmen during the 2022 world water day celebration with the theme ” Ground water making the invisible visible” at the Owerri Engineering Centre , Aladinma, on Thursday and hosted by the Nigeria Society of Engineers NSE Owerri branch.
Mrs Akanbi who also was the committee chairman of the event noted that this year’s celebration was to create awareness about the need to properly drill our underground water otherwise called borehole water so as to ensure it produces safe drinking water rather than the poisonous water being distributed all over the place. She however thanked God Almighty that some companies are already producing and distributing certified water by the government approved agencies like SON standard organizations of Nigeria, and (NAFDAC) National food and drug administration and control. Some of those companies include Tochex water, Pax water, Event water etc.
Earlier in her speech she stressed that 99.99% of us depends on ground water for our daily needs , industrial and agricultural purposes and that was why all the stakeholders converged to bring solutions to water services in Imo state.
Speaking, the guest lecturer of that great event, Professor M.A. Nwachukwu said underground water will produce best results of safe drinkable water if drilled deeper into the ground to at least 280 feet below the ground in any part of the world. He added that at that level micro organism will no longer be there to contaminate the water and that will make it wholesome for people to drink.
” The dept of water even in Bayelsa state can be up to 800 feet where you can contact saline water and fresh water ,” he stated.
The Professor of environmental management of the Federal University of Technology Owerri FUTO proferred seven steps solutions to get good underground water such as contacting a professional, getting an approved location, conducting geophysical survey, drilling and logging, well installation and development, pump testing and storage, and finally water analysis and certification.
The highlights of the programme include giving awards to deserving companies producing and distributing good water to the people . Like Pax water, Tochex water, Event water companies etc