‘Water Remains A Critical Priority’

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Water and Sewer Corporation Dr. Kimmie Weeks has told a gathering at the just ended World Water Summit in Budapest, Hungary that water remains a critical priority for the Government of Liberia.  Dr. Weeks who attended the Budapest Summit (October 8-11) as Head of Liberia’s delegation and as representative of Liberian President H.E. Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was joined by the Liberian Ambassador to Germany Amb. Ethel Davis.

Dr. Weeks reiterated that the primary focus of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation in the current fiscal year was to significantly improve water coverage in Monrovia and to several rural counties.     He highlighted that with budgetary support from the Liberian government, the corporation would target connections of residential estates off Somalia Drive as well as continuing to expand its coverage to all of Central Monrovia.  Dr. Weeks said:  “thanks to major capital investments we made earlier this year our processing plant now has the capacity to deliver water to most of the residents of Monrovia.   However, the great hindrance we face with getting water into the estates is that most of the pipes there are old and have major leaks.”   Weeks explained that the major priority of the corporation is to replace iron pipes with PVCs, thus ensuring safer water delivery.

Weeks emphasized that Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation continues to face major challenges.  He outlined that unlike many other entities in Liberia, LWSC has experienced slower progress rebuilding its infrastructure, but made assurances that with a new management and a reenergized workforce, LWSC was starting to rebuild itself.   “We need to recognize that all development agenda’s in Liberia is tied to water.   Without water progress and development is stalled.  Without water there can be no true peace,” Weeks said.

The Budapest Water Summit was held in Budapest between 8 and 11 October 2013. The Summit, organized by the Hungarian Government in cooperation with the UN System and the World Water Council, was one of the major events of the year relating to water and sanitation.

The main objective of the Budapest Water Summit was to take stock of the various developments, within and outside the UN System, in preparing water-related goals for the post Rio+20 development agenda. During the four days of the Summit,  governments (from developed and developing countries), international organizations, financial institutions, businesses as well as civil society and science gathered in Budapest to discuss the most pressing challenges of water and sanitation.   Headliners at the Summit included UN Secretary General Bi Ki Moon and the Hungarian President.