Borehole, well water toxic –LASEPA

Lagos residents have been warned of probable health hazards as a result of water pollution in wells and boreholes in 20 Local Government areas of Lagos State.

The warning was raised by the General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Mr Adebola Shabi, in a media chat monitored by Lagos Metro in Lagos.

Mr Shabi while restating the resolve of LASEPA to ensure a pollution-free Lagos, noted that water pollution problem as observed in recent times as a result of in-depth analysis of water samples, suggested that well water in 20 Local Governments (LGs) showed signs of pollution that could ultimately hamper residents’ health over time.

He attributed the development to the inadvertent exposure of well water to used petroleum products such as engine oil, especially the ones from generators; petrol, and kerosene, among others.

He said the results of water samples which were obtained from about eight laboratories belonging to the agency, showed that the petroleum products, also referred to as hydrocarbons, were not only finding their way into wells and other sources of drinking water, but they were already reaching a level that should be of concern to everyone.

“The results of the analysis of water samples taken from different wells in 20 LGs in Lagos showed a significant rise in hydrocarbon pollution of well water. This can be attributed to the carelessness of residents when discarding used engine oil from their generators or when pouring fuel inside their generators. At times, people allow those products to find their way inside well where people fetch water to drink. When exposed to these products over a period of time, the pollutants will begin to gradually cause harm to the human body,” he said.

Mr Shabi therefore urged residents to desist from discarding their waste petroleum products, especially engine oil, willy-nilly including into waterways of any kind. “People must also endeavour to refrain from dealing with petroleum products anywhere close to a well, borehole or any other source of potable water,” Shabi added.