The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) is to begin pumping 16 million gallons of water a day to Monrovia within the next 18 months, Managing Director Hun-Bu Tulay has confirmed.
Addressing the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism regular press briefing in Monrovia yesterday, Mr. Tulay said the corporation is currently providing more than 4 million gallons of water a day to Monrovia, with the prospect of significant increments in the coming months.
The corporation is currently operating from a single source at White Plains outside Monrovia, while making additional efforts to identify other sources, Tulay indicated.
Within eight months Zwedru, Grand Gedeh, Kakata, Margibi and Buchanan in Grand Bassa County will begin receiving pipe borne water, said MD Tulay.
The corporation, he disclosed, is lobbying for funding to conduct feasibility studies for the administrative seats of the remaining 11 counties to receive safe drinking water.
If that is achieved, Director Tulay said 70 percent of the population of those cities will have access to safe drinking water. We are also (installing) sanitation facilities (for) the residents to take care of themselves,” he said.
With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), three cities – Robertsport, Voinjama and Sanniquellie-are benefiting from the initiative, said Tulay, adding that, “This project has been signed and the sites have been turned over to the contractors.”
Director Tulay also disclosed that feasibility studies have been completed for Greenville, Harper and Gbarnga, but the corporation continues to lobby with partners to ensure that the project is implemented nationwide.
“We are also in negotiations with the African Development Bank to obtain funding to carry out feasibility studies in 11 other rural cities that have great economic potential. We want to change the lives of people, especially those living in cities and using outside bathrooms,” he said.