The Liberia Water and Sewer Cooperation (LWSC), has assured the people of Liberia that it will provide within the next 10 years, safe drinking water in schools, health centers, the rural areas and everywhere in the country if the cooperation of communities is forth coming.
Speaking last Saturday at the World Water Day program held at the Chevron Park in Vai Town, the LWSC Managing Director, Charles Allen, said service delivery for water is a necessary condition for sustainable development and as such the LWSC will continue to lead in provision of water in the country.
The World Water Day program under the theme, Water and Sustainable Development, was marked by a boat race, entertainment, and performances by Liberian artists, including a cultural team.
“We need the various communities to work with us, to pay their water bills, help us report water loss when the pipes are damaged and to report the non-patriotic citizens who feel they should get the water without paying for it,” Mr. Allen pleaded.
He called on all Liberians to take on the mantle of responsibility in ensuring that others in the rural areas are able to have access to water through the payment of bills, which will support the LWSC in developing the water sector of the country.
As a national service provider, it is incumbent upon us to lead the way,” Director Allen indicated.
He said the LWSC would ensure that the resources provided by government and the international community are effectively utilized to provide pipe-borne water for urban communities throughout Liberia.
“Last year, we used the World Water Day to begin the process of bringing the sector together, making sure that all complaints about the sector are coordinated instead of being fragmented,” Director Allen said.
Also speaking, Sheldon Yett, the UNICEF Country Director, explained that the water sector has the tremendous responsibility of addressing the water issues in the country.
The teachers and students need to take the mantle of authority in ensuring that hand washing is observed in all schools and in all parts of the health sector, he said.
Speaking on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Minister without Portfolio Sylvester Grisby, urged LWSC authorities to help in ensuring that water is provided in places that have over 5,000 residents, as the public is very concerned about the availability of water in homes, schools and health centers.
“We need to be able to develop water resources and ensure that the people have access to safe drinking water everywhere in Liberia, Mr. Grigsby declared. He emphasized that water is very important in all society and must not be wasted when used in homes, schools, health centers or anywhere else.”
Mr. Grisby also launched the multimedia materials for WASH in schools and the pledge, “safe hand, strong hand,” to be observed throughout the country.
The program was witnessed by government officials, including William Gyude Moore, Minister of Public Works, and Dr. Kimmie Weeks, Chairman of the LWSC Board of Directors.