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Central Monrovia to receive pipe-borne water

-After years of water shortage

Good news for Central Monrovia residents as Liberia Water and Sewage Corporation moves to restore pipe borne water.

By Kruah Thompson

Monrovia, Liberia, May 1, 2024 – In a promising development for residents of Central Monrovia, the Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewage Corporation (LWSC), Mohammad Ali, has unveiled plans to address the prolonged water shortage in the capital.

Ali highlighted that the city center has been grappling with water scarcity for years, primarily due to the low capacity of the LWSC to pump water from its White Plains Water Treatment Plant to Central Monrovia.

He reveals that irregular electricity supply and insufficient water treatment chemicals have hampered water pumping in that direction.

To tackle these issues, he says the Corporation has rehabilitated a 1-million-gallon Gallon Water Reservoir and constructed a booster station at Newport Street to improve water distribution. “Once filled, water released from the reservoir flows or gravitates to supply the city,” he says. 

During a press briefing on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, Ali disclosed that a leak in the reservoir supplying the city center since 2019 had further complicated efforts to restore water supply to the region. The repair cost for the reservoir is estimated at US$41,000.

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Under the Weah administration, former Managing Director Duana Kamara made a similar promise to restore the city center’s water supply in 2023, but unfortunately, nothing was done about it.

The initiatives announced by the LWSC managing director promise a brighter future for Central Monrovia and beyond. Residents eagerly anticipate the implementation of these measures to solve their long-suffering problems.

However, water shortage has been a recurring issue in Central Monrovia, Liberia, stemming from various factors. Historically, inadequate infrastructure, including old pipes and limited water treatment facilities, rapid urbanization, and population growth have contributed to unreliable access to clean water in the region.

Efforts to address this challenge have included infrastructure upgrades, investment in water treatment plants, and community awareness campaigns to promote water conservation. But despite these efforts, water scarcity remains a persistent concern in Central Monrovia, impacting residents’ daily lives and highlighting the ongoing need for sustainable solutions.

To combat this issue, LWSC has rehabilitated a 1-million-gallon water reservoir and constructed a booster station on Newport Street to improve water distribution.

In addition to addressing these issues in Central Monrovia, he reveals that standalone water supply systems in Soul Clinic and New Georgia are being restored, with repairs expected to be completed within 30 days.

Moreover, Mr. Ali further discloses that the corporation is undertaking a rapid cleaning and maintenance of sewage lines in Monrovia to tackle negligence and misuse of sewage systems that have led to clogging and spillage in the streets of Monrovia, exacerbated by population growth. 

 The LWSC managing director also highlights the need to implement a debt recovery measure to tackle non-payment issues and consider prepaid smart meters to reduce losses.

According to him, the corporation has lost more revenue due to illegal water supply and debt owed by other entities.

Ali emphasizes the LWSC’s commitment to resolving longstanding water and sewage challenges. These efforts are focused on restoring essential services to communities and ensuring sustainable resource management. Despite challenges such as encroachment on LWSC facilities, the corporation remains dedicated to providing reliable water and sewage services across Liberia.

According to him, they have completed the repair of the City Reservoir as part of a 100-day deliverable, noting that once there is an appreciable power supply from the Liberia Electricity Corporation, they will begin pumping water to the Reservoir and begin to test the reservoir and eventually resume water supply to Central Monrovia.

“We hope that the power arrangement discussion with the LEC will not be affected by the power supply from the Ivory Coast. We have also resumed water supply to other communities, including Thinker’s Village, as far as Rock Church, which is close to Camp Kesselly, Rehab Community, and others. We have been able to do this by operationalizing the 1-million-gallon reservoir on Rock Hill in Paynesville.”

He says that, generally, LWAS has resumed water supply to most of the communities, from St. Paul Bridge through Paynesville to Sinkor. The only exception is Central Monrovía, which is expected to receive water soon.

“Communities that may not be receiving water supply may largely be due to breakage of their pipes by companies building roads. We are replacing some of those pipes, but this is going very slowly due to the lack of budgetary support”, he laments almost hundreds of days into the new administration here. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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