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LWSC MD Allen NDThe Managing Director for the Liberian water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), Charles Allen, said Tuesday’s US$10.6 million contract signed with the Chinese company, Chongqing International Construction Corporation or CICO would strengthen the corporation to meet the water demands of Liberians.

According to the contract, CICO is to rehabilitation the LWSC’s Water Treatment Plant 36 inches and 21 kilometers transmission line which runs from White Plains to Red-Light in Paynesville. The tasks include replacement of pumping equipment, valves, piping, flow meters and chemical handling and dosing equipment.

Following the signing ceremony held at the LWSC head office on Front Street in Monrovia, Mr. Allen said the contract would help the country to provide the desired 16 million gallons of water a day which currently stands at 4 million gallons daily.

The LWSC boss said the contract demonstrates the corporation’s increased achievement over the years in meeting the needs of the population. CICO Deputy Country Manager, YanqZetao, assured the corporation that his company will ensure that all agreements in the contract are followed accordingly.

Mr. Zetao said although this is the first time CICO was going into a contract with LWSC, but they will use the same method in the implementation of other projects in Liberia to make the contract a success.

Replacement of electrical system and control panels, including provision of power generating equipment and facilities and construction of new generator building and installation of a new transformer are also part of the agreement.

In line with LWSC’s Special Procurement Notice, the contract would ensure the removal and replacement of filter media, piping, and controls as well as replacement of fence and gate.

Also include are rehabilitation of operator’s and chemist’s buildings; backwash water steel tank; replacement of membrane roofing; rehabilitation of the 36 inch finished water transmission, including leakage test and replacement of various valve types, and protection of exposed pipeline sections, among others.

The contract, which begins in four weeks, is being funded by a grant from the African Development Fund or AfDB through the African Development Bank and African Water Facility. By Ben P. Wesee – Editing by Jonathan Browne

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