The General Manager of Plateau State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Engr. Peter Kassam has said that the agency has built 190 boreholes in Shendam, 150 in Riyom and 210 more in Kanke and Bokkos Local Government Areas of the state.
He advised the rural communities to give environmental hygiene a major priority, adding that about 110 more would be built across the state.
Speaking in an interview with The Triumph in Jos, Engr. Kassam said the programme was aimed at ensuring access to portable water in rural communities.
He said they started the project in partnership with UNICEF to cover all the selected areas of Shendam and Riyom out of the 17 local government areas of the state in 2013.
The general manager urged all communities to work towards being free from open defecation, adding that the mode of selection for having the boreholes and latrines built in communities depends very much on environmental hygiene as they have to be open defecation free.
Mr. Kassam explains that they intend to build hand pump and motorized boreholes and three-compartment VIP latrines in the selected areas.
According to him, going by the sustainable development goals, it is expected that by the year 2030, every community should have access to portable water.
“I am confident that this will be achieved in Plateau state,” he concluded.