The management of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) says it is challenged by the lack of logistics to properly deliver the services needed as the Ebola virus continues to rage in the country.
The Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, Mr. Perkins Cassell said the Corporation lacks vehicles, sewer trucks and other equipment needed to work on the Corporation’s pipelines.
Mr. Cassell said as a member of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) consortium both locally and internationally, it is the prerogative of the Corporation to fight the Ebola scourge which had since engulfed the country.
Mr. Cassell said although Ebola is not water borne disease, there are other diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and other relative infections which must be fought with the availability of water.
He disclosed that with the help of the Corporation’s international partners the institution has launched a program co-named WASH Ebola Away which will enable the entity to take the lead in providing disinfectants to Government ministries and agencies to disinfect their respective buildings and sanitation at an appreciable level as the fight against the Ebola virus continues.
Mr. Cassell, speaking at a news conference on Monday with the Corporation’s Managing Director, Mr. Charles Allen said the LWSC has installed a mobile water facility provided by two of the entity’s international partners with the capacity to pump 10,000 gallons of water daily while four additional mobile water facilities had been shipped to Liberia by the Corporation’s partners. He said these four mobile water facilities will be placed at selective locations.
The LWSC Technical boss said the entity is working with the United Nations Children Fund(UNICEF), other related agencies and making efforts to ensure the constant supply of water from the White Plains Water treatment Plant outside Monrovia but wondered how this can continuously be done without the needed logistics.
He said prior to the Liberian Civil War, the LWSC had ten operational centers throughout the country and efforts were underway to revitalize some of these facilities but Ebola erupted and things had to come to a standstill.
The LWSC Managing Director, Mr. Charles Allen said the Corporation is a state enterprise and its about time that government improves its capacity to deliver services to the Liberian people. He reminded Liberians that their attempt to transform the country, water cannot be a secondary issue.
He said the corporation had received 200 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and had established an isolation center for treatment of waste and extended water services to Rock Hills community in Paynesville.
Mr. Allen said the LWSC will establish a` logistical base in Paynesville to identify over 10,000 illegal customers that are using the Corporation’s water resources without any payment.
He vowed to disconnect those illegal customers and assured them that reconnection will be impossible, saying, “We will extend this exercise to all angles of Monrovia”.