Liberia Needs US$594M to Improve Monrovia’s Dilapidated Drainages

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    In order to address Monrovia’s dilapidated drainages and enhance sustainable sanitation, the Liberian Government needs US$594 million.

    According to some of Monrovia’s environmental pundits, the sanitation crisis of the city has remained a seemingly insurmountable issue over the years.

    Critics of the administration have consistently stated that the short program for the cleaning of Monrovia’s drainages has not been realistic and sustainable. 

    In her State of the Nation Address, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf pointed out that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided funds for the rehabilitation of Fiamah’s component of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s stabilization facility in Sinkor.

    Realistically, President Sirleaf noted that a proposed US$10 million would be urgently needed to improve Monrovia’s outdated drainage system.

    As a way of providing quality and safe drinking water for Liberians, the President disclosed that the LWSC has constructed 125 kiosks (stand pipes) in several communities in and outside of Monrovia.

    The Liberian Government has granted the LWSC a duty free privilege to fast-track the procurement of critically needed equipment in order to meet the target of pumping 12 thousand gallons to Monrovia.

    She also added that the LWSC is now pumping between five to 10 thousand gallons to greater Monrovia’s customers.

    President Sirleaf furthered that with financial support from the African Development Bank AfDB, the LWSC is expected to carry out rehabilitation works on the water facilities of Kakata, Greenville, Zwedru and Harper in Margibi, Sinoe, Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties respectively.

    During the last year LWSC’s management has disclosed that the system has been pumping pipe-borne water to greater Monrovia’s customers and businesses owing to limited capacity of the generators installed at the White Plains plant.

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