The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) turns over three refurbished water treatment plants to the Government of Liberia through the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC).The plants which are located in Robertsports, Grand Cape Mount County, Vonjama, Lofa County and Sinniquille, Nimba County respectively were recently renovated by USAID at the cost of over US$2 Million.
LWSC Director for Operation, Moses Saah Tandanpolie says renovation of the three projects got underway in April 2016 and completed in April 2018.“The projects were initiated in April 2016 and got completed in April 2018. The plants were rehabilitated and some new components were newly constructed, like the cleaning path and the three slow sand filters are some of those components that were newly constructed,” Tandanpolie says.
He notes the three treatment plants are hybrid, comprised of a solar panel which according to him, is the first of its kind in the entire country.Tandanpolie who also served as one of three engineers during the renovation process based in Lofa County explains the designed capacity of the plants is three hundred-thirty six thousand gallons (3, 3600) per day, but says based on the water demand, they are able to pump over one million gallons a day.
“We have an elevated tower that is nine hundred thousand gallons, so we send water to the tower at the same time send water to the city.” The LWSC Operation Director indicates the plants were designed with what he calls a water network system, adding that the plants also carry mini-water treatment plants which can serve 5,000 persons per day.
“On the 27 of September the plants were handed over to the Government of Liberia through the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC). The contractor, the Universal Infrastructural Project (UIP) handed the project over to USAID and USAID in return, handed it over to the LWSC,” Tandanpolie details.
He reveals the LWSC has again turned over the project to a company called Operation and Maintenance Contractor (OMC) for proper management through an agreement as enshrined in the project by USAID that it be out sourced for the next two years, subjected to renewal.
–Editing by Jonathan Browne