MCA Liberia Breaks Ground for US$18M Pipeline Water Project Today

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Cross-section of Participants at the Stakeholder's review for the 1,200mm pipeline water project from Mt. Coffee Dam to the White Plains Water Treatment Plant

As residents representing several affected towns registered ‘no objection’ to the project

Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Liberia will today, November 1, 2019 break ground for the construction of a US$18 million raw water pipeline between Mount Coffee Hydro-power Plant and the White Plains Water Treatment Plant, following stakeholders’ review organized by authorities at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an EPA release says.

MCA-Liberia is a Liberian-government agency created in 2015. It is responsible to implement a US$257 million grant provided by the American Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

According to the release, residents representing several towns in the Harrisburg township ‘registered no objection’ to the construction of the 1200 millimeters (diameter) Raw Water Transmission Pipeline from Mount Coffee Hydro-power Plant to the White Plains Water Treatment Plant, during the stakeholders meeting.

Kawusu Toure, EPA assistant manager for environmental social impact assessment (ESIA), said the gathering, which brought together residents, representatives of line ministries and agencies, was intended to review an ESIA for the construction of the pipeline.

The ESIA, according to Mr. Toure, was prepared by Liberia Engineering and Geo-Tech Consultants (LEG Consultants), an independent environmental evaluator for DENYS NV, a foreign-based firm contracted to construct the pipeline.

Toure told the citizens and those who attended the interactive forum that the ESIA report was presented to the EPA in pursuit of an Environmental Permit for the construction of the pipeline.

In a Powerpoint presentation, Mr. Toure explained that section 20; subsection (2 and 3) of the Environment Protection and Management Law of Liberia, mandates the EPA to constitute an Environmental Impact Assessment Committee to review Environmental Impact Statements and Management Plans.

John Jallah, EPA manager for compliance and enforcement, said the EPA cannot issue Environmental Permit in the absence of an ESIA report.

He said the stakeholders’ engagement is intended to hear from residents of the affected communities, as well as resolve issues surrounding social impact relative to the project.

LEG Technical Director, Nelson S. Jallah, who provided the project overview, said that the U.S., acting through the MCC, entered the Millennium Challenge Compact with the Liberian government to facilitate poverty reduction through economic growth in the country.

Jallah said the project, which is part of the compact between the two countries, is intended to replace the 900 millimeters diameter raw water pipeline leading from the Mount Coffee Dam to White Plains with a 1,200mm diameter raw water transmission pipeline.

He said that the replacement of the 900 mm diameter raw water pipeline to a 1,200 mm diameter raw water transmission pipeline, will improve reliability and better quality of the water provided.

Paul Kennedy, MCA-Liberia director for Environmental and Social Performance, lauded the EPA for the dialogue; and said that the construction of Raw Water Transmission Pipeline from Mount Coffee Hydro-power Plant to the White Plains Water Treatment Plant is intended to pump safe drinking water to the 1.2 million people in Monrovia.

Kennedy said the construction of the pipeline is an environmental mitigation project following the rehabilitation of the hydro dam’s impact on the water source to Monrovia.

He said salt water was entering the water source to Monrovia, and therefore, the new pipeline would be constructed above 20 meters above sea level into the hydro dam to prevent the salt water from entering the water supply system.

Mr. Kennedy said that the project was not part of original projects earmarked under the grant, “but it came about due to the sea water intrusion in the system.”

“Portion of the US$257 million grant,” he said, was used for the rehabilitation of the dam, and the maintenance of roads across the country.

Though the project is small and would last for six months, DENYS NV’s Frederic Fouillot said it will provide jobs for 100 residents of Harrisburg Township.

He then assured the public that the 100 contractors would be selected from across every community in the township, and that some farmers and properties owners would also be compensated for damaged crops, and structures that would fall in the routes the pipeline has earmarked for the project.

An international environmental specialist, Britta Lammers, hired to oversee the compensation process, is currently working to ensure that every person affected by the project gets their “just compensation.”

Some residents, in separate remarks, lauded the EPA for the engagement, and promised to cooperate with the project management team.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Wish you, MCA-Liberia, all the very best in completing this wonderful project. Access to pipe-borne water is a strong indicator of progressive economic development.

  2. After all, this is good news. It is certainly hoped that the new proposed water plant will be constructed without any hindrances.

    The White Plains water plant was meant to supply water to residents of Montserrado county and possibly beyond. But, that’s not happening at all. Monrovia residents in areas like Old Road Sinkor, have a humongous water problem. In the Duport Road area of Paynesvlle, the residents of that city rely on well water instead of pipe-borne water. For sure, toilets flush at the City Hall (I recently used one of its toilets), but most residents who live around City Hall don’t have access to pipe-borne water. But yet we were told that the White Plains water treatment plant would be able to supply water throughout the county. It’s not happening.

    The question is why do the people who are in charge think it is okay for things to go on like this? Why? The main road from the Freeport to to Point 4 is bumpy because of potholes. The asphalt has badly eroded in the streets of Brewerville. The Daily Observer in recent publications has stated that airstrips in Nimba and Sinoe Counties have been taken over by local marketers! Sad. But the marketers cannot be blamed. Maybe, they have no market houses in their cities.

    Why do “some people” think it’s okay for us to go on and on when there are so many things that demand attention? Of course, we hear about the issue of “no government jobs”. But, jobs could be created (even if the jobs are temporary or seasonal) if “some people” do not think it’s okay for us to go on like this.

    Wake up Liberia.

  3. FELLOW LIBERIANS REMEMBER THINGS ABOUT BEING BETTER OKAY AND WHITE PLAINS FOR A CHANGE IN LIBERIA NOW. SMALL BUSINESS IS COMING TO LIBERIA. FROM THE MONROVIA AND ALL CITIES IN LIBERIA. LET US THANK OUR LORD FOR THE PROJECTS TO CHANGE LIFE OF OUR PEOPLE IN LIBERIA.

  4. The next big thing for the MCA is to renovate and modernize the Oil Refinery at LPRC compound.

    This will greatly promote road construction throughout the Republic of Liberia because asphalt or coal tar is the byproduct of refining cruel oil but past administrations misused this opportunity when the refinery was operating at full capacity.

    Mr. Monie Captan, are you listening to me…????

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