The General Manager of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation or LWSC, Charles Allen said the corporation needs about US$16million to rehabilitate pipes and other facilities in Monrovia and its suburbs.
Speaking in a news conference Thursday in Monrovia, Mr. Allen said this money is needed to enable the entity moves to the next level. According to him, the LWSC has had so many losses as a result of water theft by the public, which constitutes about 75 percent of the total water distributed to residents.
The LWSC boss noted that in 2012, the corporation had about 3,000 customers, while in 2013 the demand leaped to 6,000 and is expected to double to 12, 000 customers by 2016. He said instead of customers going to the head office to register, management has assigned agents in the fields to register customers, noting that those customers making illegal registration are the ones involved in water theft.
Meanwhile, Mr. Allen has disclosed that effective November 1, 2015, all Water and Sewer bills will be paid through mobile money and customers can also check their bills through their cell phones. He called on the public to report to any illegal connection to the service line or male function immediately to the corporation quick remedy, while disclosing that management has re-opened the LWSC Duala Junction branch to enable customers in those parts of Montserradomake payment there instead of coming as far as central Monrovia adding that in 30 days, the Police Academy branch will be opened to the public so that customers from Paynesville City and adjacent communities can make their transaction there.
Mr. Allen explained that before the Christmas season, management will put in place a mechanism to monitor activities of agents in the various counties from right in Monrovia. He said the corporation has engaged the National Investment Commission to attract investors to the water industry as management has plans to pump about 16million gallons of water per day as well as construct a small water system in areas that have about 5,000 residents, saying “We need to go beyond hand pumps and have access to running water.”
The LWSC management also disclosed plan to build VIP latrines for the public to stop people defecating in communities and surrounding bushes. Mr. Allen said management will train people to go in the various communities to educate residents about sanitation because the various communities in Liberia are very dirty.
He urged Liberians to utilize services being provided by the corporation, warning that water from most of the wells around Monrovia are polluted as most of the toilet holes are underground and the wells are dug on top of the pits, leading most people to get typhoid.
The LWSC boss added that the cooperation will conduct a survey of wells in the various communities to determine whether water produced from them is safe or else, they will be shut down.
By Ethel A. Tweh-Edited by Jonathan Browne