— As both 36 and 16 inches transmission pipeline break down
Monrovia, Paynesville and surrounding communities will be without pipe-borne water in an indefinite time frame due to what the management of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) describes as “Double casualty.”
According to Nimpson Todd, Director of Communications of LWSC, the Corporation’s transmission pipeline experienced separate ruptures or break-in on early Thursday, January 21, 2021.
Todd said technicians of the Corporation on early Thursday morning discovered the separate ruptures on both transmission pipelines while normal supply and distributions were ongoing across the city. “It’s so sad that we will have to endure these kinds of situations all the time,“ Todd said.
The rupture or break down of the sixteen-inch transmission pipeline comes barely a day after another spot on the facility was repaired and water restored via the system.
According to the Corporation’s Spokesperson, the new rupture or breakdown on the recently repaired sixteen-inch transmission pipeline at a different location means that supply and distribution of water to several communities on the Bushrod Island and adjacent communities will be disrupted.
The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation management also disclosed that several communities including Paynesville, Johnsonville, Gardnersville and Barnesville and the RIA highway will be without water as a result of the Thursday, January 21 breakdown.
The corporation through its Communication head further disclosed that Congo Town, Sinkor, Kakata highway and central Monrovia are additional communities affected by the incident. “We are so saddened and it frustrates our efforts to adequately serve our people”; Nimpson Todd furthered in his assertions.
LWSC’s communication Director Nimpson Todd blamed the rupture or break down on what he calls an old aged infrastructure. Todd, however, refused to state how long these communities will be without water; noting that LWSC technicians were assessing the damage for a rapid repair.
“We are frustrated at this point, I cannot state the level of damage and how long our people will be without water; all I can say is both our transmission pipelines are down; they got ruptured at different locations following recent repairs”, LWSC communication Director told the media.
According to Nimpson Todd, the current infrastructure at the Corporation has outlived its usefulness and there is a rapid need for the system to be replaced. “Since 1967, the current system at LWSC has been in existence serving the Liberian people; it’s about time that this old aged infrastructured be replaced to meet with the current population size of our city and its surroundings”, Todd narrated.
The LWSC Spokesperson noted at the time the infrastructure was constructed, it was meant to serve about four hundred thousand (400,000) inhabitants and had a lifespan of twenty -five ( 25 ) years, but unfortunately, the system is currently serving over one million (1m) inhabitants and had lasted for over fifty (50) years.
Todd, however, reaffirmed the corporation’s commitment to restoring water supply to the affected communities in the soonest possible time as according to him, water is life and his Management does not take pleasure in reneging our its responsibilities.
Nimpson Todd added that the CDC-led government has committed itself to sourcing funds for the replacement of the old- aged infrastructure.
According to the LWSC chief spokesman, the World Bank has also committed itself and approved some funding towards procuring a new transmission system for the LWSC.
“Though I cannot state now how long the affected communities will be without water, I can assure the public and the areas in question that water is coming soon”, Todd said.