Despite subjecting the city of Monrovia and its environs to nine days without pipe borne water, the Management of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) announces the corporation is going digital with advanced technology to better serve the public.
Management says equipment is expected in the country shortly to replace manual operational equipment with digitalized system.
Speaking to the NewDawn Tuesday, February 12, at the LWSC Head Office in Front Street, Monrovia, Deputy Managing Director for Technical Affairs, Dan Sayah says, with funding from the World Bank in the tune of US$10 million, the entity will introduce computerized system that would enable management to track water theft, supply to various homes, bills payment and water map, among other services right on mobile phone or other android equipment.
Responding to inquiry about the current shortage of water supply in the capital, he discloses that the main and only pipe that supplies the entire city and surroundings ruptured and LWSC engineers have been working 24 hours to restore supply here.
He assures residents of Monrovia that normal supply will resume shortly, noting that many of the Corporation’s equipment are obsolete.
According to Mr. Sayah, the LWSC’s plant in White Plain outside Monrovia was constructed for about 100,000 residents, but today, the population has increased drastically to millions.
Currently, water shortage has again hit central Monrovia and its environs, leaving residents with no alternative, but to wake up as early as 4:30 A.M. to queue at the few available wells and hand pumps around the city to fetch safe drinking water.
Residents described the water shortage as an age-old phenomenon, which they have endured for years particularly during dry season, lament, “Even with the installation of hand pumps all around the vicinity.”
As the sun intensifies particularly during their period of the year, community wells usually go dried, constraining residents to trek in all directions in search of water. Editing by Jonathan Browne