It won’t be long when residents of Monrovia and its environs will turn on the faucets to get safe, pipe-borne drinking water, after nearly two (2) weeks of water shortage, the management of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) has revealed.
According to the LWSC, about sixty percent of the repair works have been done on the recently ruptured 36-inch transmission pipeline.
Nimpson Todd, Spokesman for LWSC, said the first round of patching has been concluded, while welding is ongoing by the rigorous technical team of the LWSC.
“The first round of patching is already [complete] and our team is ensuring that welding is as well completed before the close of the day,” the LWSC Communication Director told the media. He explained that due to the importance of the 36-inch transmission pipeline and due to the fact that it supplies a greater portion of the City, all attention is driven to restoring the facility.
“The 36 is our biggest transmission facility, it is only right that I announce to you the level of commitment and energy we have put into getting it up and running,” Todd said.
The Liberia Water And Sewer Corporation chief spokesman disclosed that the LWSC has set Friday, February 6, 2021, as the date for the resumption of unhindered pipe-borne water via the 36-inch transmission pipeline.
“With the level of energy we are exerting, I can safely say that water via the 36 will be available by Friday”; Todd expressed optimistically. According to him, the only reason why the 36 is not at completion level in terms of its repair is due to some minor challenges the LWSC technicians were experiencing earlier during the repair.
“We could have been up and running by now but due to some little challenges with loose mud Walls, we are where we are,” he explained, adding that a mudslide backed into the cleared pit during the initial repair works; something he noted has long been taken care of.
Meanwhile, the LWSC said it is not bothered by comments on social media coming from people who once worked for the Corporation and know exactly the challenges involved with running the LWSC.
Responding to a recent social media (Facebook) post by the LWSC’s immediate former Board Chair, Dr. Kimmie L. Weeks, in which he claimed the management team at LWSC is pretending to provide leadership, Todd said the Duannah Kamara leadership at LWSC is not pretentious but consistently dealing with many challenges, some of which Dr. Weeks and the team had to confront.
Todd noted that LWSC as a technical institution can barely survive without donor assistance; something he claims the LWSC former Board chair knows very well.
“Our former Board chair knows very well that LWSC as a technical institution will not survive or be effective without a donor’s intervention; Nimpson Todd said.
According to Todd, the infrastructural challenges alone at the Corporation require consistent assistance if LWSC must return to its pre-war status.
“We are still running a 1950s system in the 21st century, then you are talking about pretence,” Todd expressed in frustration.
Todd recounted that during the reign of Dr. Weeks, the majority of projects undertaken at the Corporation including the rehabilitation of the Water Treatment Plant were financed by donors.
“If the African Development Bank (AfDB) had not rehabilitated the WTP, Dr. Weeks knows very well that he and his team would have never succeeded in getting it to where it is today,” Todd said.
The LWSC management, through its spokesman, also reminded his former Board chair that the Duannah Kamara leadership is pursuing one of Dr. Weeks’ dreams at the Corporation which is evident that LWSC survives hugely with funding from donors.
“Duannah Kamara and team are today pursuing the much-publicized and desired pre- metering contract; something that Dr. Weeks leadership began; doesn’t this point to the fact that Dr. Weeks wasn’t honest on his Facebook post,” Todd expressed.