Representative hopeful Dixon Seboe of New Kru Town, Monrovia, has announced plans to complete at least 15 hand pumps in four communities in the borough.
In a dedication ceremony over the weekend held on the theme: “Doing Better Together,” Mr. Seboe told residents of Karpeh Street that the facility is capable of providing safe drinking water for at least 3,000 people.
“This facility is meant to serve you and ease your water problems,” he told them, adding, “We are doing this to make sure that we do better together.”
The Karpeh street hand pump is the fourth such project Seboe has completed, including others in Funday, Lagoon, and Colonel West.
The location for the construction of this recent hand pump/water was donated by Ms. Ruth Thompson.
“Mr. Seboe wanted to build pump-water for us and so when I heard that he was looking for a place, I decided to let him use a portion of my daughter’s land,” Ms. Thompson said.
Because residents from her community spend hours fetching water from other communities, Ms. Thompson saw her donation as a way to help get a source of water in her community.
Residents interviewed expressed appreciation to Mr. Seboe, who is eying the District #16 leadership position, for identifying with the community.
Seboe meanwhile said arrangements to get water to the community after the dedication have been completed with the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC).
According to him, the construction of each hand-pump costs about US$200. “New Kru Town made me and I think I need to give back to the community,” he said.The Borough of New Kru Town, like many slum communities, has little access to safe drinking water. Until the establishment of the Waterways & Beaches Cleanup Program, the various communities were plagued with many diseases such as amebic dysentery, cholera, and typhoid because of the use of beaches as toilets, health professionals told the Daily Observer.
“Most of the diseases were caused by infections through fecal polluted water. Their pathogens can, along with heavy precipitation, floods and climatic changes, have a significant influence on the quality of drinking water,” said a female health care professional.
She said the situation changed greatly with the presence of contract workers from the Beaches & Waterways Project, who ensured that beaches were no longer used as toilets.