Help! Our wells are polluted by fuel – Abule Egba residents




About a month after some people vandalised pipelines in the Abule Egba area of Lagos, causing an inferno that destroyed a lot of property, residents have raised the alarm over pollution of their sources of water.

‘The Punch’ reports that wells, which were the main sources of water supply to houses on Arowolo Street, Adeyemi Close and Segun Akinola Street, among others, have been polluted by petrol after the pipeline was vandalised.

Some of the wells have been sealed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

It adds that with the dry season setting in, residents said getting clean water to use had become a herculean task as women and children had to trek long distances.

A landlady on Segun Akinola Street, Mrs Ashabi Adeyinka, said she had to pay at least N300 every day for clean water.

She said, “The last December incident of pipeline fire is still affecting us. Fuel spilled into our well and other wells around here and this is making it difficult for us to live.

“This house was built 29 years ago and we have been fetching water from the well since then. But now, we have to look elsewhere because the water is mixed with fuel. As you can see, some government officials came and sealed the well.”

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