LWSC to Revive Revenue Collection

From right: LWSC MD Kamara, Bishop George D. Harris, and World Bank Liberia Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist, Geraldus Soppe, and others at the launch of the 100 days action plan

LWSC to Revive Revenue Collection

-- Launches 100 Days Action Plan 

With support from the World Bank, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) has launched its 100 Days Action Plan to revive and generate revenue collection for the corporation.

The LWSC 100 day revenue collection action plan is intended to empower the Corporation for increased revenue generation to revive the corporation for sustainability.

The plan will also see the corporation carry out robust activities concerning the cleaning of its customer database, billing, and revenue collection.

World Bank Water supply and sanitation specialist, Geraldus Soppe, who spoke during the launch,  said the bank is committed to ensuring that LWSC can once again become vibrant.

“We will love to see this Corporation become self-sustaining and vibrant, having more pumping hours and responding to the daily challenges from the field,” Soppe added.

Mr. Soppe said the bank has a keen interest in ensuring that the Corporation is efficient in terms of service delivery and robust in mitigating production and supply challenges.

He said, “As we launch this 100 days action plan, I want to assure the people of Liberia that the bank will continue to stand by supporting the LWSC.”

Mr. Soppe then disclosed that about US$40 million has been approved for the transformation of the LWSC.

“Today in Liberia, under the US$40 million allotment, the World Bank is sponsoring the construction of a brand new thirty six-inch (36) transmission pipeline running from the LWSC fish market gantry in the Sinkor to its Newport street booster station and the construction of a one million gallon water reservoir in the red hill community in Paynesville,” he said. 

The two ongoing projects will see residents of central Monrovia and the red hill community in Paynesville receive pipe-borne water for the first time in over twenty years.

According to him, the bank will support LWSC's 100 day action plan on the areas of water and sewerage transformation; something he believes will propel the corporation to self-sufficiency considering the expected rise in revenue generation.

Duannah Kamara, LWSC Managing Director, lauded the bank for its continuous support to the people of Liberia, not just the corporation.

He said signing of the partnership with the World Bank for its 100-day action plan is the dawning of a new day as every LWSC staff desires to work tirelessly in achieving the 100-day action plan.

“Today is a new day in the history of LWSC; it is a time for work, work, and work; not play; not dishonesty but work,” Kamara told employees.

He said the World Bank has come to help his institution and it is equally important that the institution helps itself by and through the employees.

“The bank has come to provide us with the necessary support for our 100-day revenue generation action plan; all of us embrace this project and ensure that it is successful,” he added.

The LWSC boss then called on his workers to be more proactive, honest, and disciplined if the bank’s efforts are to be impactful.

“As you all are aware, the bank is already constructing two projects simultaneously for us; this is indeed a big help that demands our commitment and dedication,” Kamara said.

The LWSC 100-day action plan immediately kicked off on Tuesday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with several owners of commercial wells and boreholes.

Under the agreement, owners of commercial wells and boreholes including hotels, water, and beverages companies will pay the bare minimum for the operation and licensing of their facilities.