The management of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) has assured the public that three rural water and sanitation projects being funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) at a cost of US$40 million, are expected to be completed by May this year.
The projects are in Kakata, Margibi County, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.
LWSC Managing Director, N. Humbo Tulay, last weekend led a team of engineers to assess progress on the projects.
At the Kakata project site, Resident Engineer Samuel Yoyowah briefed Messrs. Tulay and Sandikie with technical details on the progress and challenges facing the project.
Mr. Sandikie said the distribution of water in Margibi County has on the basis of institutional chambers been expanded to serve private, public and business establishments.
He added that one new well has been drilled, two old ones rehabilitated and the main degraded water distribution tower upgraded to its prewar status in Kakata City.
Mr. Sandikie further disclosed that when the Kakata City water project is completed, the distribution of pipe-borne water will cater to 3,000 customers and that customers’ chambers have been constructed.
He also said that in Kakata City alone, 10 de-sludge latrines have been constructed under the same UWSSP project intended to provide the public with safe modern latrines as part of the sanitation component.
For his part, the UWSSP Project Engineer Samuel Yoyowah said due to the expansion component of the project, new areas of Kakata City have been connected with pipe-borne water.
Prior to the new water project, Mr. Yoyowah said a majority of the residents in Kakata got water from shallow wells.
He said to date there are 30 institutional chamber connections in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.
Previous land occupied by LWSC in Buchanan has been reacquired and construction work is ongoing.
To deter residents from encroaching on the LWSC facilities, Mr. Sandikie recommended the fencing and full demarcation of all LWSC facilities.
At the end of the tour, LWSC Managing Director Tulay assured residents that the project will be completed in the stipulated timeframe.
Mr. Tulay added that when the water and sanitation projects are completed, 67 percent of the population will have access to pipe-borne water in Kakata, Zwedru and Buchanan cities respectively.
He also explained that prior to the civil conflict Kakata, Zwedru and Buchanan had access to pipe-borne water.
In 2008, Tulay said the LWSC management revamped its facilities in Kakata City to 50 percent capacity.
For the Zwedru City water system, Mr. Tulay said the facilities were restored to 40 percent.
The objective of the three city water projects is to restore 100 percent water supply and some expansion and distribution networks in the three cities.
“What I have seen today of the projects impressed me so much that engineers of the UWSSP have supervised the works well and our hired consultant has performed to our expectations,” Director Tulay noted.
Mr. Tulay added that from the documents received and the level of work done, 60 percent of the projects’ implementation plans have been completed.
As for the sanitation in Kakata, 50 percent has been completed, while in Buchanan, 50 to 55 percent of sanitation has also been completed.
Mr. Tulay said by July 2016, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and a team of government officials will commission the facilities at one of the water project sites.