The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) has announced that it has made further extensions of its services to residents in Monrovia and its environs. The expansion is part of plans by the corporation to restore piped water to all of Monrovia.
The process of expansion begun when the Management of LWSC purchased and installed two electric high lift pumps at the White Plains Water Treatment Plant in March this year, thus enabling it to increase its supply from an average of about four million gallons per day (4mgd) to six million gallons per day (6mgd).
According to a release issued yesterday by the LWSC this endeavor represents an increase of 50 percent in water pumped into Monrovia.
As a result, of the increase, the corporation has since been able to extend the supply of water to several communities including West point, most parts of Central Monrovia including Mamba Point, Front Street, Benson Street Snapper Hill area, Newport Street, Carey Street, Ashmun Street up to UMU/Centennial Pavilion), Stephen Tolbert Estate in Gardnersville, ELWA Road (up to the ELWA Fence where the line has been cut by Road Construction Company), Rehab road and Somalia Drive.
In addition the corporation said it has revitalized three of its rural treatment plant and has begun supplying water in Zwedru, Kakata and partially in Robertsport. Many of these areas had not had access to water for several years until now.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation Dr. Kimmie Weeks says he attributes the recent success to a dynamic Management team led by Managing Director Charles Allen and a reinvigorated work force.
“We’ve come a long way from the days when we could barely pump water for a few hours if at all to now working towards building up a robust system that can pump water throughout Monrovia for 12 hours a day,” he said.”
Weeks outlined that the challenges faced by the corporation remain grave but noted that the Board of Directors and Management was “taking the bull by the horn.” Efforts have been made to extend the hours of delivery beyond the current 12 hours.
The new Management of LWSC took over the corporation about a year ago and includes Mr. Emmett Watson and Mr. Frank Cassell. The Management says it will continue to expand services in the coming months with several more communities in urban and sub-urban areas expected to be connected.