The Managing Director of the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC) Duannah Kamara is calling on development partners to come to the aid of the entity in replacing a faulty pipe.
Speaking Thursday, 14 February, Mr. Kamara said LWSC needs US$100 million to replace the faulty pipe.During a regular press briefing at the Ministry of Information on Capitol Hill, Mr. Kamara recalls that the faulty pipe was built in 1966 and commissioned in 1968 to provide service to 400,000 people.
Due to growing population here, he the LWSC boss asserts that the pipe is now supplying an estimated 1.6 million people.
He also complains that the pipe is very old and has more pressure on it due to the increased number of people that are currently benefiting from the LWSC service.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kamara blames the recent shortage of water in Monrovia and its environs on the damaged pipe.
He says the water shortage is not as a result of government bureaucracy as being speculated in the public domain.
Additionally, Mr. Kamara mentions that the LWSC technical team in the shortest possible time had the pipe repaired and the corporation is still carrying on other maintenance work.
“As I’m speaking to you at the moment, the LWSC is now being involved into active operation. This implies that people are now pumping water,” he says.
According to him, considering the situation the pipe is facing, it can’t effectively provide service to the people of Montserrado County without experiencing further problem.
He laments that his entity losses 77% of its annual revenue generation to leakages and water theft.
“People who are connected to our line illegally took advantage of the water supply shortage by packaging and selling our water to us expensive,” Kamara laments.He notes that when those who are stealing water are being requested to pay taxes, they cry and blow the issue out of proportion.
He says the issue of fighting water theft is a serious challenge, concluding that the LWSC has dispatched a team in the field to carry on inspection.
By Roosevelt G. Jabah –Edited by Winston W. Parley