A non-profit organization, Manual Drillers and Construction Consortium of Liberia (MaDriCCoL), has been launched to provide safe drinking water to both rural and urban communities.
Manual drilling is an improvement to hand wells, with lower cost compared to hand dug wells and mechanical drilling. Manual drilling improves portability and access and can be done throughout the year.
George W. K. Yarngo, the Assistant Public Works Minister for Community Service, officially launched the project yesterday in Sinkor, underscoring the importance of safe-drinking water across the country.
He said efforts aimed at introducing manual drilling in the country are worthy of appreciation, adding they are options “of abstracting ground water by the use of simple machines instead of using humans as the main digging tools in the country.”
According to Yarngo, the ministry is soon to finalize the draft Liberia Water Authority Act which seeks to reduce the current fragmentation of oversight and implementation of water projects.
This effort is being made possible with support from WaterAid, an organization that supports access to water in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
In 2009, G. Abraham Powell, chairman of MaDriCCoL, said an international non-governmental organization working in the country introduced manual drilling through Practica Foundation, another INGO that is piloting the project with the assistance of technology.
Partners, including WASH Secretarial, WASH consortium and donors, lauded the consortium for the initiative and pledged their support to ensure that its objectives are achieved.