24,000 Residents Depend on Outdated Hand Pumps in Voinjama

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More than 24,000 residents and dozens of small and medium business entities continue to depend on outdated hand pumps installed by aid agencies in Voinjama City, Lofa County.
The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation through one of its implementing partners, Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP) and supported by USAID, should be able to provide pipe borne water to Voinjama City.
Every week, hundreds of residents scramble at the limited hand pumps in the desperate search for clean water for domestic and other uses.
According to the Voinjama sub office of the Liberia Institute of Statistics for Geo-information Services (LISGIS) there are 24000 residents inhabiting the Lofa capital.
During the tour of some of the affected communities in Voinjama last Tuesday, it was gathered that majority of the residents are crying for safe drinking water.
According to the affected residents, many of them arise as early as 4:30 a.m. to be able to obtain enough water for the day.
At one of the overcrowded hand pumps at Karzar Quarter in Voinjama City, water peddlers told the Daily Observer that even during this rainy season, securing clean water is indeed an uphill battle throughout the week.
“You can imagine during the dry season, our water situation will be indeed desperate and worrisome. Something urgent must be done to complete our Liberia municipal Water Project,” peddler Sarah B. Mulbah stressed.
The LMWP water project, which is supported by USAID, has delayed that doubts continue to linger in the people’s minds as to whether Voinjama will ever be blessed with safe drinking water.
A cook shop owner, Elizabeth B. Massayan, told the Daily Observer that the water situation of Voinjama City needs attention.
According to one of Voinjama City’s prominent businessmen, Anthony Mulbah Karzarku, small business enterprises are encountering serious hardships due to some of the challenges associated with obtaining safe drinking water.

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