Reports from one community revealed that Liberia is still struggling to fulfill a part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG7) that calls for the provision of safe drinking water for the people.
This is the case in the SKD Sports Complex Community, where citizens complain about their daily struggles to access safe drinking water.
Community resident Goma Harris, who has resided in the community since 2010, said there are only two shallow wells and one hand pump (all privately owned) for a population of over 3,000.
Harris said because of the scarcity of safe drinking water and the lack of public water facilities she has to queue at one of the three locations before 4:30 a.m. to get her daily provision of water.
“Sometimes if you are not lucky, the people ahead of you are the only ones who will obtain water due to the low water table and the slow recharging of the wells. When this happens, we are obliged to travel far away to fetch water, for which we have to pay,” she said.
A visibly upset Harris said that on the days she is fortunate to get water she either transports her gallons in a taxi or have one or several men using wheelbarrows to achieve her objective.
Meanwhile, Harris is calling on the government of Liberia, UN agencies and INGOs to assist the SKD Sports Complex Community by providing improved sources of clean water for human consumption, adding: “ we need wells, boreholes or pipe borne water supply into our homes and compounds.”