The Osun State Government has commenced the full rehabilitation of the N2bn, Ede waterworks, which supplies over 70 per cent of the water needs of the state.
The State Government has equally; set aside another N2.2bn in the 2013 budget for the replacement of obsolete water pipes across the state.
Addressing a press conference to signal the commencement of the rehabilitation project on Tuesday, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Tawa Williams, said the rehabilitation work would be wide-ranging and ultimately revamp the waterworks and transform it into what it was originally meant to be.
According to her, upon completion, the project will not only meet the water requirements of a great majority of citizens of the state, it will also present a scenic beauty as well as serve as a tourist attraction.
Williams said arrangements were also nearing completion for the Iraqi government, through its embassy in Nigeria, to complement the rehabilitation process of the Ede waterworks, with the ultimate plan of exporting treated bottled water to Iraq.