Authorities of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), with support from the African Development Bank (AFDB), on Monday, July 23, launched an initiative aimed at connecting over 3,000 communities with safe drinking water, a release has said.
The initiative, held under the theme, “LWSC Social Connection Project,” has earmarked the New Georgia and Soul Clinic Communities, in the Township of Gardnersville and Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
LWSC Acting Managing Director, Dan Saryee, said that the entity’s new management team is focused on expanding its distribution networks to about 3,050 homes in three communities initially, ensuring that other communities where the entity has not reached over the years be connected with safe drinking water.
According to the release, the launch was held on Monday, July 23, at the entity’s Fiamah Sewer Station in Monrovia.
Saryee added, “Not only that we will be expanding, but the part that is important is to ease the burden of our people so that they can be connected with safe drinking water. Our strategies are informed by the government of the Coalition for Democratic Change’s (CDC) Pro-poor Agenda, which intends to ensure that services are accessed by almost all of our people consistent with that agenda.’’
He said that the project affects about 2,050 communities in Montserrado County, 400 communities in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, 200 in Grand Gedeh County, and 200 in Kakata, Margibi County.
Saryee said that the social connection will lessen the burden of money for people needing water to be connected with safe drinking water. He said the program is being structured in a repayment form, and that those benefiting from the connection will sign “a consent form” as an agreement entered with the LWSC’s management.
Mr. Saryee said further that the first group of people to be connected are required to pay the corporation within 12 months, and that the generated money will be used as revolving funds, which he said will be reinvested in other communities.
Saryee added that the entity has a team that will be implementing the program and there will be engagement with the communities, including awareness.
The LWSC says it is not taking its mission lightly, as the management is here to expand and ensure that safe drinking water gets everywhere. We will look at Monrovia at a greater level. “We want communities to be honest with us, because it is when you pay back that we will be able to expand into other communities,” the statement said.
“This initiative is to soften the burden associated with connection,” Mr. Saryee said.
LWSC Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Moseray Momoh, described the corporation as a public entity responsible for the supply of urban waters in the 15 counties.
Momoh said that the program is an opportunity for those who have not been connected to have safe drinking water, “so the exercise will be on the basis of indirect payment.”