As the daily scuffles for water intensified in Central Monrovia and its surroundings, the Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) says facilitates of the LWSC lack the capacity to adequately supply water to the entire city.
Monrovia residents continue to face serious difficulties in getting safe-drinking water in various homes, schools, colleges, universities and offices. The LWSC Management has attributed the problem to breakdown of equipment and shortage of chemical substances to purify the water before distribution to the public.
Managing Director Nortu Jappah, said facilities of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation were constructed to cater for about 500,000 residents, but with the eruption of the 15-year civil crisis, Monrovia currently hosts about 1.5 million residents, which has overwhelmed the corporation’s capacity to adequately serve the public.
Speaking at a news conference in Monrovia Tuesday, Mr. Jappah said despite the huge challenge of catering to Central Monrovia and its environs, the LWSC management through its board of directors with the support of government has successfully purchased three diesel pumps, and one engine along with series of spare parts at a total cost of US$250,000.
The Managing Director, who addressed the media alongside with the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kimmie Weeks, stated that with the arrival of the new equipment in the country, and subsequent installation, the capital’s population will shortly be eased of water shortage.
Jappah noted that the current equipment in White Plain outside Monrovia pumps about 4.5 million gallons per day, but with the arrival of new equipment, the volume of water will increase to about 10.5 million gallons daily, adding the pumping of water will commence from 5:00am to 10pm local time.
Meanwhile, Board Chair Kimmie Weeks has assured the public that the managerial team at the LWSC will never purchase poisonous chemical substances to use for water purification as being claimed by some media institutions in the country.