LWSC To Increase Water Supply In 2015…Signs Collective Bargaining Agreement With Workers Union
It has been disclosed that the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) is expected to increase water supply to Monrovia and parts adjacent in 2015.
LWSC Deputy Managing Director for Technical Service, Mr. Franklin Cassell, said as we have entered the year 2015, the Corporation intends to perform its duties of supplying water and other sanitary works for the people by undertaking numerous programs aimed at increasing productivity.
Speaking last Thursday at a LWSC news conference, Mr. Cassell noted that the Corporation under the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation project (UWSSP) is expected to increase water supply and sanitation services during the supply from its White Plains water treatment plant for twelve hours beginning at 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The LWSC Deputy Managing Director disclosed that water supply will be increased from the original 12 hours period to 15 hours and noted that the Corporation also intends to use its 36′ pipe line which runs from White Plains to Red Light through Paynesville and Congo to Monrovia.
He further said the UWSSP is being funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) purposely for the rehabilitation of water supply system in Kakata, Margibi County, Zewdru, Grand Gedeh County and Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
He said the project which was brought to a halt due to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) will resume soon as the expatriates who were working along with the Corporation but left the country due to the EVD schedule to return for the resumption of the work.
Touching on another project currently before the LWSC, Mr. Cassell said the management is also implementing the Liberia Municipal Water System under the sponsorship of the USAID and it is expected to make a serious impact in Robertsport, Grand cape Mount County, Sanniquuellie, Nimba County and Voinjama, Lofa County.
The LWSC Technical man however noted that the Corporation is faced with a number of constraints which is causing some bottlenecks to the execution of its duties. He named those constraints as the lack of leak detection equipment, illegal connections, vehicles and other logistical problems.
Also speaking at the news conference, the Chairman of the Board of the LWSC, Mr. Kemmie Weeks, acknowledged that the Corporation was making some serious strives that were paying off. He also noted that the Corporation’s financial condition was a bit improving and commended members of the Government of Liberia for their fullest support to the Corporation naming official such as Finance Minister, Amara Konneh and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the supportive role to the Corporation.
Following Thursday’s news conference the LWSC Workers Union since its founding in 1984 strengthened its cordial working condition by the signing of a collective bargaining between the LWSC Management and the employees in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Labor and the Liberia Labor Congress.
The Ministry of Labor and Liberia Labor Congress admonished both parties to the agreement to always hold together and work assiduously in solving industrial disputes arising from the work place.
Earlier, The LWSC management honored two whistle-blowers for reporting water theft to the Corporation and awarded them a check of US$ 250.00 each. The two whistle-blowers, AdjowaGadebeku and Elizabeth Gadebeku Anthony were also given free six months water supply.