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Water pipe repairs: Enugu Govt urges motorists to use alternative routes

The Enugu State Government has appealed to motorists and other road users in the state capital to use alternative routes to avoid traffic gridlock caused by the ongoing replacement of damaged water pipes around the Holy Ghost Cathedral/Ogbete Market axis.

A statement by Special Adviser to the Governor on Water and Waste Management, Mr Andreas Gebauer, said the major pipes replacement work would ensure the availability of high pressure water around Uwani, New Haven, Ogui Layouts and their environs.

In the statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, explained that work had already commenced, adding that the project was expected to last for two weeks from Saturday, February 24, 2024, when the work commenced.

According to the statement, the alternative roads afforded by the present administration would ease movements of persons and goods.

“There are ongoing major excavations and replacement of 450mm Asbestos Cement (AC) pipes with Ductile Iron Pipe along the Holy Ghost area. The Corporation wishes to inform the public that the work, which has already commenced, will last till the next two weeks from the date of commencement.

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“We appeal to the general public to exercise patience with the corporation during this period as it is likely to cause traffic gridlock along the Holy Ghost axis,” the statement reads in part.

It would be recalled that there had been several cases of major pipes bursts since the increase of water production from occasional 2 million litres to over 120 million a day by the Governor Peter Mbah Administration in November 2023.

The bursts were as a result of weak and damaged asbestos pipes laid in the colonial days, which are unable to stand water pressure required to service Enugu metropolis effectively.

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