As Monrovia’s increasing population expands and grows beyond limits, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) needs over US$10,000,000 to reach its pre-war capacity of 16,000,000 gallons of water supply to customers.
Addressing a major press conference Tuesday at the water agency’s head-offices on Front Street, Managing Director, Deputies for Administration and Technical Services Charles Allen, Frankie Cassell and Mrs. Charlene Abia Awadjie-Ihedioha appealed for more sustained financial support.
In separate presentations, the LWSC officials maintained that some significant progress has been made in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sectors of the water programs in Liberia.
The LWSC’s executives however, acknowledged that there are still some uphill challenges and constraints due to the kind of financial support needed to meet the growing needs of providing pipe-borne water to Monrovia and other communities.
They intimated that the needed funds would go towards the procurement of the required equipment for the overall rehabilitation of the destroyed water treatment plant at White Plains in Careysburg.
In Managing Director Charles Allen’s presentation, he disclosed that in order for places like Monrovia, Brewerville and Duazon to be supplied with pipe-borne water, the capacity of the water treatment plant must be doubled.
Director Allen stressed that the Legislature and policymakers buttress the efforts of the LWSC to ensure that Liberia can achieve those bench marks in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) especially in the area of quality water provision to greater populations of the country.
At the recent South Korea water conference, Director Allen pointed out stakeholders and policymakers stressed and emphasized the availability and sustainability of water and sanitation for all.
In closing, Director Allen reminded Liberians and the business community that the LWSC management is working to enhance sustainable provision of quality water supply as enshrined in the water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.
For his part, Technical Manager Frankie Cassell said the White Plains water treatment operates on a 12-hour pumping schedule and the additional water sources are two deep wells situated in Paynesville and the Airfield Gantry in the Sinkor area.
Director Cassell however regretted the shockwaves of abuse, theft and other activities that continue to hinder development, growth and progress at the water agency’s facilities in and outside Monrovia.
The LWSC Technical Manager also explained that the primary conduits for water supply into Monrovia are the 36 inch pipeline that runs through Paynesville and the 16 inch line that runs from Caldwell Road into Bushrod Island.
He further disclosed that the main constraint in increasing water supply is sustained power for the electric pumps at the White Plains water treatment plant.
Over the past two years, the LWSC has installed four electric pumps and they require power to operate and at the moment power is supplied from the diesel power generator.
Director Cassell lamented that the LWSC is challenged with old and eroded distribution lines in many areas and has developed leak response teams to deal with the frequent leaks as they are discovered.
Unfortunately, Director Cassell regretted many people take advantage of the leaks to collect what LWSC describes as free water from several parts of Monrovia and other communities.
Director Cassell assured that the good news is the contracts for the White Plain water treatment plant and 36’inch pipeline are expected to be awarded in the next two months.
“When those works are completed the LWSC would resume pumping pipe-borne water to greater Monrovia at its pre-war 16,000,000 gallons to customers and businesses,” Director Cassell assured.