The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) received information technology equipment valued at US$40,000 from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The donation of the equipment was initiated through the Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP) and Tetra-technology Liberia.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony at the LWSC’s head office on King Sao Boso Street in Monrovia, USAID’s Mission Director John Mark Winfield said the donation symbolizes their commitment to support LWSC’s efforts to restore access to clean and pipe-borne water for Liberians.
Director Winfield added that USAID was proud to say the U.S. Government has a long history of supporting the Liberian Government and people.
The USAID boss said in 2013 alone an estimated 47,124 people throughout Liberia gained access to an improved supply of clean water thanks to the combined efforts of LWSC and his organization.
“Equally important is our support to LWSC on the longer term project of re-establishing piped water systems that would eventually ensure 90% of the populations of Sanniquallie, Robertsport and Voinjama have access to clean water,” Director Winfield indicated.
He explained that all three of these cities lacked access to clean water before the civil war caused the pre-existing water systems to fall into disrepair.
The USAID official stressed that water initiatives are a crucially important tasks for fortifying Liberia’s future, saying: “with support from USAID’s Liberia Municipal Water Project in 2011, a four-year project was implemented by Tetra Tech to support the design and planning of the nation’s water infrastructure going forward.”
Director Winfield explained the water initiative has added the establishment of a new locally managed outstations in Sanniquellie and Voinjama cities in Nimba and Lofa Counties.
According to Mr. Winfield establishing and sustainably operating and maintaining these systems would require LWSC to have the required human and institutional capacity to meet the demands of Liberia’s future by efficiently managing outstations, being able to manage and account for revenue and reinvesting in the system.
Making remarks at the ceremony, LWSC’s Managing Director, Charles B. Allen underscored the need for critical assistance from his entity’s partners in the area of human capacity building for the staff and employees of the water agency.
“The redevelopment and extensive training of our staff and employees in every department of the LWSC cannot be over-emphasized,” MD Allen said.
“We are counting on our support partners and other professional Liberians to help us upgrade the professional and technical skills of our staff,” he pleaded.
For his part, LWSC’s Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Emmet M. Watson, said the donation of such vital equipment at this crucial period would buttress the field work of the LWSC’s engineers and outstation staff.
Closing the ceremony the Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, Frankie Cassell, underscored the need for the human development and growth of LWSC’s staff and employees enabling them to provide efficient and sustained water services to all Liberians.