The ground-breaking ceremony for a US$5 million water project took place in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County last Thursday, January 16.
The project is being implemented by the Liberian Municipal Water Project (LMWP) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The ceremony was graced by the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac, USAID’s Global Water Coordinator, Chris Holmes, LWSC Managing Director, Mr. Charles Allen, top US Embassy officials, as well as many distinguished Liberians.
Speaking at the program Ambassador Malac reminded all that access to clean water in Liberia still remains low, despite the developmental progress made since the end of the civil crisis. in 2003.
Amb. Malac placed emphasis on the fact that more than a quarter of Liberian citizens lack access to safe drinking water.
“That is why we are pleased to join you today to officially launch the construction of a water pipeline extension from the water treatment plant into your area,” she declared.
“Rebuilding Liberia’s – Robertsport’s included – water infrastructure is no easy task. I know this pipeline extension has been a long time coming, and I’m looking forward to seeing the full renovation of Robertsport’s former water treatment plant and installation of pipe-borne water points throughout the city as much as you are,” the American Ambassador said.
She congratulated the local steering committee, LWSC managers, staff, employees, chiefs, elders and others associated with the water project for preparations and work so far initiated.
“I know you have worked tirelessly with support from the LMWP to finalize the designs, sign contracts, and secure land for the various points throughout the city. You have undertaken the kind of careful planning that sustainable water demands,” praised the Ambassador.
She furthered that the U.S. Government has been supporting the project since 2011 by undertaking feasibility studies and developing master designs with local leadership to establish an institutional framework for Robertsport’s water system.
“We are committed to seeing this work through to completion, in partnership with the LWSC, the Liberian Government, and the Local Steering Committee,” Ambassador Malac assured.
She, however, reminded Liberians that the project would not happen overnight and that USAID would work hard with the LWSC to get the next phase of construction moving later this year.
According to the Ambassador, the water treatment plant and pipe-line extension would see the immediate benefit of clean water to 200 households and nearly 1,000 citizens and residents of Robertsport.
In brief remarks, the Managing Director of the LWSC, Mr. Charles Allen, pointed out that as a major custodian of water initiatives in Liberia the dream for the provision of quality water to Liberians, businesses and foreign residents, was indeed in sight.
Mr. Allen expressed delight over efforts of the LWSC and its support partners, especially USAID. He said their assistance would help the Liberian Government in its drive to restore pipe-borne water to all parts of the country, on a gradual and steady basis.