The main focus of the WASH policy is to improve the activities of the State Government Agencies and other service providers in the water and sanitation sector.
The WASH policy targets an increased access to potable water from the present 30% to 65% by 2030 in Urban areas, from the present 23% to 62% by 2030 in Small Towns and from the present 20% to 50% by 2030 in Rural settlements.
The WASH policy targets to construct at least five ground water schemes (deepwell, boreholes, springs) annually between 2019 and 2030 and provide Sewage treatment plants in each of the three senatorial districts in the State,
Each household in semi-urban areas (population of 5,000 to 20,000) must own and have access to safe sanitary facility that is easily adaptable to existing traditional pit latrine.
Each household in urban areas (population above 20,000) must own and have access to safe sanitary facility that uses suitable and affordable water conveyance systems.
To achieve the Taraba State WASH policy objectives, the state MDAs will adopt strategies to improve WASH service coverage State wide to meet the level of demand in the sector.
The Ministry of Water Resources, all WSSP (Water Supply and Sanitation Providers) and WASHCOMs (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committees) are to develop a Water Safety Plan that ensures the minimization of contamination of water sources.
The provision of safe water and sanitation facilities will be made mandatory for all public institutions including but not limited to hospitals, offices and schools; as well as in private institutions.
The State and Local Governments will provide WASH facilities in all public institutions (health centres, schools, markets, motor parks and special emergency camps etc.).
All households in the state are required to build toilet facilities, keep the inside and surroundings of their property clean and not to dispose waste in the streets, storm water drains and public spaces.
The Local Governments shall be responsible for the implementation of rural water supply and sanitation programmes through their WASH unit in conjunction with RUWASSA, WASHCOM and NGOs.
The Taraba State WASH policy 2019 is only a first step in the process of achieving WASH services delivery targets. It is supported by the Taraba State WASH Law 2019 to facilitate implementation and subsequent achievement of policy targets.