The management of Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (SWSC) has suffered a major breakdown to its water supply line in Johnsonville, outside Monrovia.
LWSC Management has acknowledged the incident, which they said occurred last week Wednesday as a result of the deplorable road condition.
Up to press time last night, engineers from the water agency were yet to detect the extent of the damage.
The LWSC said the damage has cut off the supply line of water to greater Monrovia.
As an emergency plan to address the current shortage of water, the LWSC Management has commenced trucking water into greater Monrovia.
LWSC also acknowledged that as a result of the breakdown, many businesses have been affected.
Engineers of the Corporation have already begun to repair the damage on the pipeline to restore water supply to Monrovia.
The Daily Observer reporter who visited the affected area of the damage yesterday afternoon saw a crew of engineers doing the repair work.
LWSC Managing Director Charles B. Allen told reporters that the Corporation has yet to establish how much work will be required by LWSC to restore water supply to affected areas.
Mr. Allen said that since the situation was reported to his office, the management has not been able to pump pipe-borne water into Monrovia.
He said the Corporation has contacted the World Bank for financial support to construct water reservoirs in Monrovia.
Mr. Allen said if that project had been implemented earlier, such a breakdown as Pipeline would not have had such a significant effect.
At the moment, Mr. Allen said, only tariff paying customers are receiving regular supply of water from the 16-inch pipe that passes through Caldwell and Bushrod Island to Monrovia.
He then underscored the urgent need for resources to provide the needed services that could buttress the provision of water to Monrovia and other areas.
He spoke of the need to construct reservoirs in Congo Town, Old Road, Soul Clinic Community and Sinkor that could serve as water reserve tanks in case of such breakdowns.
“Such an initiative could help reserve pipe-borne water in tanks in case of emergencies of a similar magnitude.
On immediate contingency plans for water supply during this emergency period, Mr. Allen has encouraged customers to use the gantry at Spring Field and other designated kiosks for safe-drinking water.
Mr. Allen has advised users of open wells to use their well water, but cautioned them to properly chlorinate the wells.