The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) yesterday resumed pipe-borne water supply to Monrovia.
Early last week, the dismissed Managing Director Charles B. Allen assured customers that pipe-borne water supply would resume during the weekend.
An official of the LWSC yesterday told the Daily Observer in Monrovia that repair work on the damaged water pipeline in Johnsonville was making steady progress.
He said if all goes well, pipe-borne water supply will be restored to Monrovia today, Friday.
With that promise, dozens of private trucks were seen yesterday in Central Monrovia conveying drinking water to customers and private homes.
When contacted, private water suppliers told this reporter that they have been buying drinking water from private pump owners at high prices.
“We, too, have to make some profit as we are getting this drinking water from long distances on Bushrod Island and other parts,” water seller John B. Kpadeh said.
A group of water carriers ascending Johnson Street told the Daily Observer yesterday that securing drinking water on Bushrod Island has been an uphill battle.
Private water supplier Frank M. Johnson said angrily, “We will sell water a little higher because it is very hard to get water on Bushrod Island.”
About a week ago, outgoing Managing Director Allen told reporters that a damaged 36-inch-pipeline would be repaired to restore water supply to Monrovia.
During that briefing with reporters at the damaged LWSC’s pipeline in Johnsonville last week, Director Allen said the pipeline had outlived its usefulness and needed replacement.
He repeated that had a proposal submitted to the World Bank for the construction of water reservoirs in strategic areas in Monrovia materialized, the breakdown would not have had an impact of such magnitude.