US$29M Water Project Makes Progress

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Last week stakeholders, support partners and local leaders in the implementation of the Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP) for three county capital cities held final discussions on validation instruments for the provision of pipe-borne water at a one-day workshop held in Monrovia.

The Chief of Party, Alione Fall, said the cost of the three cities’ water project is valued at US$29 million.

The three cities are: Voinjama, Robertsport and Sanniquellie in Lofa, Grand Cape Mount and Nimba Counties respectively.

Mr. Fall stated Robertsport will receive five million, while Voinjama and Sanniquellie will each get US$12 million apiece.

He pointed out that the validation water workshop was intended to technically and managerially empower the community leaders on the sustainable management and components of the rural water projects in the country.

The funding for the rural water project is being provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the provision of safe drinking water for rural Liberians.

The LMWP officials explained that the project would convert four hand pumps into improved water yards fitted with treated water, greater storage capacity and solar power.

They said that the project would also provide capacity-building and capability assessment while systems are operational.

The water project is intended to ensure sustainability of water supply improvements through cost-recovery and support the Government of Liberia’s strategic plans as outlined in the ‘Agenda for Transformation and Vision 2030.’

The signing ceremony for the three memorandums of understanding (MOUs) are all expected to take place this week Thursday at the city of Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County.

Addressing participants at the opening ceremony was Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s (LWSC) Managing Director Charles B. Allen.

Mr. Allen urged all stakeholders and community leaders to consider the water project as an essential element to sustainable livelihoods.

He stated that the provision of quality pipe-borne water to rural Liberians is one of the primary concerns of the Liberian Government and its supporting development partners.

During the interactive discussions, participants underscored the need for enhancement of the water projects in the three county capital cities.

Participants also expressed concern over the slow but steady progress that continues to delay the MOUs and procurement processes of the USAID sponsored, LWSC and LMWP water projects.

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