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Our Water Is Our Right ~ Hon Oluwatosin Onamade

May 14, 2020
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Water Is Life, It is essential, It is a means of livelihood and a Natural resource given to us by God for our well-being.

We cannot overemphasize the importance of water if we look at it’s uses on a daily basis.

Water makes up a majority of our body weight and is involved in many important functions, including:

  • Flushing out waste from our body
  • Regulating body temperature
  • Helping our brain function

We get most of our water from drinking beverages, but food also contributes a small amount to our daily water intake.

Drinking enough water can help prevent:

  • Constipation
  • Kidney stones
  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Hypertension

Water also helps us absorb important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from our food, which will increase our chances of staying healthy.

If Water becomes a challenge in our community then it means we have a major problem to contend with.

Dehydration is the result of our body not having enough water. And because water is imperative to so many bodily functions, dehydration can be very dangerous.

 

Severe dehydration can result in a number of severe complications, including:

  • Swelling in our brain
  • Kidney failure
  • Seizures

We must make sure we drink enough water to make up for what’s lost through sweat, urination, and bowel movements to avoid dehydration.

Now there are different ways in which we can make use of water for our up keep;

  1. Commercial water use includes fresh water for motels, hotels, restaurants, office buildings, other commercial facilities, and civilian and military institutions. Domestic water use is probably the most important daily use of water for most people.
  2. Domestic use includes water that is used in the home every day, including water for normal household purposes, such as drinking, food preparation, bathing, washing clothes and dishes, flushing toilets, and watering lawns and gardens.
  3. Industrial water use is a valuable resource to the nation’s industries for such purposes as processing, cleaning, transportation, dilution, and cooling in manufacturing facilities.
  4. Irrigation water use is water artificially applied to farm, orchard, pasture, and horticultural crops, as well as water used to irrigate pastures, for frost and freeze protection, chemical application, crop cooling, harvesting, and for the leaching of salts from the crop root zone.
  5. Livestock water use includes water for stock animals, feed lots, dairies, fish farms, and other nonfarm needs.
  6. Mining water use includes water for the extraction of naturally occurring minerals; solids, such as coal and ores; liquids, such as crude petroleum; and gases, such as natural gas.
  7. Public Supply water use refers to water withdrawn by public and private water suppliers, such as county and municipal water works, and delivered to users for domestic, commercial, and industrial purposes.

Though I am not focused on the Distribution Of water in urban areas i decided to state the uses in order to enlighten us on the different ways it can be used.

The Rural areas is my core focus and the need for Communities to access portable and healthy water for a better hygiene is the goal.

In the quest to check how adequately our water is circulated most especially in the rural areas I found it puzzling that Post CoVid-19 Pandemic, We shall be having another lingering challenge across-the-board.

Why? It is because of the following reasons;

  • More than 75% of the water in supply in our communities are from privately installed boreholes.
  • At the least 50% of the installed boreholes in our communities are not properly processed for the sake of effective consumption.
  • More than 45% Percent Of Government installed boreholes are not strategically positioned in areas that it is significantly needed by the community.
  • More than 65% Of the Government installed boreholes are poorly managed which is at the detriment of the community.
  • There is a high level of Ignorance on the part of community leaders and Coordinators to assist the government in ensuring proper maintenance of the installed boreholes in the community.

Based on the above mentioned results gathered from our extensive research, One would asked the question, How can a community experience good governance All-round if there is no synergy for the purpose of stability in the infrastructural implementations?

We must not also forget the synergy between the government and the community leadership in order to ensure betterment in terms of maintenance of our water structures.

If our rural areas is important to us, then we must make sure that Water circulation is a necessity to all the communities and strategically located for all to access.

There must be a good coordination process between the water corporation and Community leadership for proper maintenance and Management purposes.

What about Privatisation of water? The PPP? I don’t think it would help us due to the human factor surrounding it’s Regulatory stands. Let me put it like this, the government should finance the Ijede LCDA & the rest of IKORODU Division LCDA’s in the area of water supplies in order for water to circulate to all the local area to avoid epidemic and unwanted issue of water scarcity.

Whatever medium to be adopted for the water to flow, be it solar energy or generator, it should be adequately controlled.

I believe that though we have a long way to go but as long as we start being accountable for the projects we execute in the community, durability would be easily achieved.

I am Hon Oluwatosin Onamade from IJEDE LCDA and My Water Is My Right & I also would like to state that not taking good water can result to the following;

  • Low Energy
  • Mental Fog
  • High Risk Of Stroke
  • Moodiness
  • Overeating
  • Slower Metabolism
  • Headache
  • Poor Skin
  • Weaker workouts etc.

 

 

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