The Chairman of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James Verdier has said that three million gallons of water go unaccounted for every day at the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC).
Cllr. Verdier made the disclosure recently at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia.
He said the water treatment plant at White Plains is currently producing four million gallons daily and only one million gallons is accounted for by the LWSC management, but added that effort to curtail the situation was underway by both institutions, LACC and LWSC.
“This report is based on an assessment conducted in the sector at the LWSC,” Cllr. Verdier said, noting that the finding of the study was revealed by residents near the plant.
He added that the LWSC is operating below its capacity, running just 25 percent of its actual capacities.
Verdier noted that the water treatment at White Plains has the capacity to produce 16 million gallons of water every day, but up to date, it produces only four million gallons daily with three million gallons un-accounted for by LWSC.
“Out of the four million gallons, three million remain unaccounted for daily; it is referred to as un-revenue water,” Chairman Verdier said.
He explained further that in an effort to curtail the huge shortage, the LACC and the LWSC have developed a risk reduction plan that should be implemented as soon as possible to help both the LWSC and Liberians.
“We want to believe that this has led to the insolvency of the Corporation even with the support of the government, particularly subsidy,” he explained.
He added, “In view of the commission, the LWSC is experiencing an uphill task towards salvaging the current situation and achieving quality, satisfactory service delivery and profitability.”
Chairman Verdier explained that the commission will also be recommending that the LWSC be prioritized by the government to restore the Corporation.
Cllr. Verdier also indicated that the commission has visited seven counties along with the Carter Center, providing awareness on corruption practices and how to detect corruption in different areas.
Meanwhile, Cllr. Verdier said about 100 civil society organizations, including 30 journalists, have been trained to detect and report on corrupt practices in the country.