The Lagos State Government has dissociated itself from the water rate crisis currently causing disaffection between residents and the management of the Mayfair Gardens Estate, located along Lekki Epe Expressway.
The State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti disclosed this at a meeting with the Heads of the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission and Lagos Water Corporation, Architect Kabir Abdullahi and Engr. Munir Badmus respectively.
The Commissioner urged Lagos residents to report any illegal billing or borehole closure to the Ministry of the Environment, stating that government would not authorize the closure of any borehole except where such was found to be contaminated and unfit for domestic use.
He explained that Mayfair Gardens is a private residential Estate, built and maintained by HFP Engineering, adding that “being a private Estate, HFP Engineering has been responsible for servicing the Estate with social amenities such as water”.
“This is an indication that the Estate is not being serviced by the Lagos Water Corporation and as such could not have received bills from the water Agency”, he added.
He stated further that for selling water to its residents, the Estate could be categorized as a commercial user of water, which could have attracted charges to promote responsible commercial usage of water in Lagos State.
According to him, the government introduced some measures of control for commercial use of water because water is a resource that must be protected.
He said that regulation, control and monitoring of all state water resources was to take inventory of the sources, quality of water produced and consumed by citizens as well as identify any known sources of pollution of the underground water.
The Commissioner stated that government was not unaware of the hardship that the misunderstanding between the management and residents of the Estate had caused and gave assurance that it (government) would intervene to help the two parties resolve the issue.