LWSC Water Pumps Arrive
The Managing Director of the Liberia water and Sewer Corporation, Nortu Jappah has announced the arrival into the country of three water diesel pumps and spare parts capable of boosting water supply to Monrovia and its environs by 13.5 million gallons per day to ease the current water shortage that has gripped residents of the capital to boost the water supply capacity of the corporation. The pumps were airlifted into the country from Germany on May 4, Mr. Jappah disclosed.
On Friday, May 11, the LWSC Managing Director along with his principle deputies took delivery of the equipment at the Roberts International Airport and trucked them to the water treatment plant in White Plains, outside Monrovia, where the installation will take place.
Mr. Jappah told the New Liberia in an exclusive interview at the RIA following the arrival of the equipment that a team of technicians from Ghana was due in the country soon to install the pumps.
According to him, it will take eight days for the two technicians hired by the Corporation to install the pumps valued at over 240,000 United States dollars.
The LWSC currently supplies between 4.5-6 million gallons of water per day to parts of Monrovia and its environs including Congo Town, Paynesville, old Road, Duala and Caldwell.
Mr. Jappah said that when the new pumps are installed, it will boost the supply capacity of the corporation from the current supply capacity of 4.5-6 million gallons per day to about 10, 260,000 gallons per day.
“I am hopeful that with the new pumps, we will be able to cover the whole of Monrovia and its environs,” Mr. Jappah expressed.
The LWSC Boss said that immediately after the installation, LWSC will first prioritize regular supply of water to Bushrod Island and places in central Monrovia that are inaccessible now because, according to him, these segments of the city commands 50% of the entity’s revenue.
Challenged by technical capacity, Mr. Jappah said that the governments of China and Egypt have expressed willingness to upgrade LWSC’s technical capacity.
In preparing its second Poverty Reduction Strategy for 2 2012-2017, Liberia adopted targets of 77% for water supply and 56% for improved sanitation as its national sector targets.
Achieving improved sanitation access for a quarter of a million people a year to meet the national target is assessed at US$ 68 million annually, out of which public investment requirements are US$ 27 million annually. The bulk of the investment in rural sanitation is expected to be borne by households, with the current emphasis on community led total sanitation, according to the document.
In urban sanitation, the rehabilitation of Monrovia’s sewerage system is assessed at US$18.3m and is to be executed over 3 years with an estimated US$41 million annual financing gap for sanitation.
A poverty reduction strategy (PRS 2008-2011) which includes water and sanitation, was developed and is being implemented, an Integrated water Resource Management Policy (IWRM) as well as a Water Supply and Sanitation policy (WSSP) were approved by the Liberian Cabinet in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Post-conflict reconstruction of service delivery and sustainability of existing infrastructure remain as the main challenges, the document reveals.
Government capacity to lead, coordinate and deliver services was severely compromised by the conflict but is beginning to re-emerge with aspirations to make a full transition to a country-led process in service delivery, data management, regulation and sector oversight.
Recognizing that the policies were not being put into full operation the Government of Liberia and development partners negotiated the Liberia WASH Compact. This compact, agreed in early 2011 as part of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) initiative, sets out four joint commitments on institutional capacity, equity, monitoring and finance.
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