The People’s Republic of China, through its China Aid, has constructed hand-pumps for 50 schools in Liberia.The project is in continuation of China’s efforts to address safe drinking water problems in Liberia, especially in schools.
Constructed by China Geo-Engineering Corporation, the hand pumps were recently dedicated and handed over to the Government of Liberia.
The Chinese government’s free assistance is in accordance with an exchange of notes between the two countries executed on July 1, 2016.The exchange of note was followed by the contract signed on May 10, 2017. The project started on December 10, 2017 and completed on September 9, 2018.
The project included eight borehole wells in Montserado County, 13 in Bong County, 11 in Grand Gedeh County and 18 in Maryland County, respectively among others.Having been satisfied with full implementation of the project, as stipulated in the contract agreement, the two countries signed the handover and acceptance certificate on November 30, 2018.
Water is safe
According to China Geo-Engineering Corporation, the ground water is all taken in the form of well tubes. The depth of the well tube is 80m; and water is pumped in the form of a hand pump.
The construction company further explains the water quality is in line with relevant standards in Liberia as well as World Health Organization (WHO’s) criteria.
Despite challenges, including deplorable roads and others, the company says its team was able to meet up with the 9-month duration of the project.
“At the end of July 2018, the project was basically completed, and it [the project] was praised by teachers and students of these schools,” the company notes.
The project highlights the level of bilateral and friendly cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and Liberia.