US$40M Urban Water Projects Resume

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The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s (LWSC) US$40 million Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project (UWSSP) has resumed after the eradication of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) that paralyzed most development activities in the country last year.
The disclosure of resuming the urban water projects of Kakata, Buchanan and Zwedru Cities in Margibi, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh counties was made by the project manager of the UWSSP, Gabriel Flaboe, in an interview with the Daily Observer during the weekend in Monrovia.
He intimated that the three projects were awarded in May 2014 and work started in June but regrettably rehabilitation work was halted in mid July 2014 due to the Ebola Virus in the country.
In April 2015, work resumed on the three water projects and again there was some delays due to tax exemption requirements from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).
Thanks to the efficient handling of the challenge by the LWSC management the issues have been resolved and work at the three water project sites have begun.
Manager Flaboe added that materials and equipment for the three projects are expected in the country within the next two weeks.
He further noted that sanitation and hygiene work at the three water facilities are ongoing and engineers at the projects have drilled four new boreholes in Buchanan, two in Zwedru and one in Kakata.
Mr. Flaboe also disclosed that there is a plan for the provision of funds by the Africa Water Facility (AWF) to construct some pipe-borne water facilities at the New Georgia and Soul Clinic Communities in Gardnersville and Paynesville to buttress the supply of water to Monrovia.
The UWSSP official further revealed that a comprehensive financial proposal is being crafted by professionals in order to determine the most responsive consultants who will design, review and study the proposed water facilities in the two communities.
He also explained that after the financial evaluation by the AfDB and if there is no objection to the proposed document, the LWSC will begin to find professional firms to do the feasibility studies for implementation.
Mr. Flaboe pointed out that if the LWSC is able within three months to recruit competent and professional firms to do an effective design review, the system will be in the position to tender the work for competitive bidding.
“The provision of social services for all Liberians irrespective of background and geographical location is our responsibility,” Manager Flaboe said.

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