Imo lacks safe drinking water – Expert

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Imo State Branch of Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, says the state lacked water fit for drinking, lamenting high spate of  drilling of boreholes in the area.

The NSE State chairman, Engr. Emeka Ugoanyanwu, who raised the alarm at a conference organised in Owerri by the NSE, said, “There are over 2,000 boreholes in Owerri municipality and with the way people are sinking boreholes uncontrollably all over the state, the land surface is seriously threatened.”

Ugoanyanwu added that much of the water used in the state is acidic and not good for human consumption, an opinion, Professor Ngozi Okereke of the Department of Agriculture and Bio-Resources Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO, shared,

Okereke said, “The ground water is contaminated due to influx of debris in the rivers and fresh water is decreasing. We must go back to nature, to balance the ecosystem. Everybody should be ready to face the consequence, if we continue like this.”

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