The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s 90-day deliverable of planned water projects to connect homes and businesses to pipe borne water have begun making steady progress in Monrovia.
Yesterday, the Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, Frankie Cassell, led a team of reporters to assess progress on the restoration of pipe-borne water in some parts of Monrovia.
Provision of pipe-borne water to greater Monrovia has been a herculean task for the LWSC management which, nevertheless, recently received accolades for “excellent performance” in fulfilling its 90 day mandate during the recent State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Cabinet retreat.
Basically, the challenges have been budgetary constraints and the enormous consumption of fuel by the generator at the LWSC White Plain water treatment plant in Louisiana.
On top of those challenges, a series of technical and mechanical breakdowns have also contributed to the slow pace of water delivery to greater Monrovia and its immediate environs.
Some of LWSC’s financial and other constraints may soon be assuaged by the award of a substantial amount of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds to be invested in empowering the entity whose services “trickle down” to impact the lives of ordinary Liberians as a performing utility.
During the 55-minute tour with reporters yesterday, Deputy Director Cassell intimated that plans are now underway to rehabilitate the two major booster lift stations situated in Monrovia.
He also disclosed that the water booster lift stations are intended to increase the pressure needed to deliver water to elevated places and importantly to store the water from the two treatment plants outside of Monrovia.
Mr. Cassell also informed reporters that when the two major water booster lift stations are completed this year, the two water storage stations would hold about 1.6 million gallons of pipe-borne water for distribution in Monrovia.
Director Cassell also disclosed that the reinstallation of several underground pipes that had been exposed by either erosion or movement of heavy equipment over the years of the civil crisis is being done.
When the ongoing water projects on the major streets are completed, delivery of pipe-borne water to hundreds of homes and business entities would be enhanced in Monrovia and its environs, he said.
Commenting on the challenges of the rehabilitation work, Director Cassell alluded to the building of structures on pipe and sewer lines and damaging of some critical outstation facilities as some of the major impediments encountered.
He also told reporters that his agency’s management is currently in discussions with the relevant ministries and agencies regarding the removal of residents and business entities that are illegally occupying LWSC facilities.
Director Cassell pointed out that rehabilitation and construction works on the 36-inch pipe from White Plain continues to make progress due to the commitment of LWSC workers.
In a related development, an LWSC Project Manager for the greater Monrovia’s water initiative, Engineer Horatio Bernard, told reporters that ongoing work to rehabilitate several water pipes are making significant progress.
Engineer Bernard added that the provision of quality pipe-borne water to homes and businesses in the greater Monrovia area is intended to ensure quality health and sanitation for all Liberians.
Asked about when the works would be completed, he said if the current trend of works continues, the water project would be completed in two weeks.
In brief encounters with community residents of the areas being reconnected to the LWSC pipe-borne water system, many expressed delight over the efforts by the water agency to restore quality pipe borne water in their areas as cardinal to health and sanitation.