USAID-Tetra-Tech, LWSC Sign US$25M Water MOU

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The Liberian government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed a U$25 million Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Monrovia, to provide pipe-borne water to the rural cities of Voinjama, Sanniquellie and Robertsport.
The signing ceremony was held yesterday at the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s (LWSC) head office on Front Street, Monrovia.
The Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Amara Konneh, represented GOL, while USAID Country Director, John Mark Winfield signed on behalf of the American People.
In separate statements, Minister Konneh and USAID Mr. Winfield committed their respective institutions to the full implementation of the project.
Earlier, Mr. Winfield pointed out that signing of the MOU marked another important support partnership to the Liberian government’s socio-economic drive to spread development to all parts of the country.
He reminded LWSC authorities that the United States Government through USAID continues to support projects in Liberia.
He added that the Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP) is one of the major rural water projects in the country that has been supported by the US Government.
Mr. Winfield extended thanks to the LWSC staff for working hard to ensure that the implementing partner Tetra-Tech/LMWP carries out the projects successfully.
Director Winfield explained that the projects were meant for implementation in the time frame of three years, which include designs and technical specifications.
For his part, Minister Konneh pledged the GOL’s support that will lead to the successful implementation of the project.
He also described the provision of quality pipe-borne water to Liberians especially those residing in the rural part as critical that should attract the support of stakeholders.
He urged the implementing partners to rise to the occasion and ensure that the project is completed on time.
Minister Konneh described the provision of quality water to all parts of the country as critical to the sustenance and effective promotion of health, sanitation and hygiene to all.
For his part, LWSC Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, Frankie Cassell, said when the work commences early in the upcoming dry season, the project shall be delivered in 18 months’ time.
He explained that several factors were considered for the selection of the three beneficiary cities.
He added that the project is aimed at providing 90 percent water to residents and business entities in those three counties.
He also assured the partners and the government that the project will be carried out in strict compliance to the internationally crafted standard designs and specifications.
For her part, the Deputy Managing Director for Administration Mrs. Charlene Abla Awadjie-Ihedioha said the provision of pipe-borne water by the LWSC is a cardinal concern of the utility provider.
She emphasized that the support partnership with USAID will also buttress an increase in the provision and access to the quality pipe-borne to Liberians across the country.

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