Millions of people around the world are suffering because of poor access to safe water to drink and use for household activities. In Nigeria, the problem is more severe as aid agencies report about one-third of overall Nigerians lacking safe water access. Some experts even opine that half of the population might be deprived of the facility. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported in 2017 that 361,900 people die every year due to a lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Then comes a miracle – A filtered water truck in Nigeria.
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Nigeria has a lot more water resources than any other African countries but is suffering from water scarcity because of mismanagement. Supplying clean and safe water to the rural parts of the country through filtered water trucks can be a short term solution to protecting people from waterborne diseases and preventing economic loss caused by it.
A variety of water truck in Nigeria have been introduced to meet the needs of improved water. Although this is a bit expensive, efficient management of the vehicles and supply system can lower the cost a lot.
The water tankers are usually used in times of emergency to supply necessary water, but it is feasible to meet daily water needs in underserved areas through these tankers if all the stakeholders coordinate and work together.
Water Trucks bring water from different sources to the consumers preventing recontamination during transportation. Transporting water through trucks has its advantages, such as being able to supply water in a remote and isolated area and providing quick supply of water. Then again, special attention should be given to the source of water, its quality, and coordination of the vehicles transporting water.
The supplier agency delivers the water to a central community location where households collect water or to the households directly. To provide convenience, water is pumped into handheld containers or directly into household wells. It was mentioned as a temporary solution, but for places where there is no durable water infrastructure, this water supply system may be permanent.
In the municipalities, authorities often supply truck water for free in places where the piped water can’t be supplied. However, in rural parts, consumers may need to pay for it, and the price depends on the vendor. Private suppliers charge 5 to 10 times higher than the public service provider.
As the purchasing power of Nigerians living in remote areas is low, the price of truck water should remain within their capacity. The following measures can be taken to keep the price in their touch:
- Proper management of water trucks;
- Involvement of all stakeholders including local authorities, vendors, and consumers;
- Government subsidy;
It will not be wise to assume that the water supplied by tankers is safe to use immediately as the risk of contamination during loading and transporting is always there. Experts suggest water treatment at the point of use to avoid any risk and prevent deadly diseases.