By Timothy T. Seaklon The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) said it will resume water supply to the city within the next twenty-four to forty-eight hours.
Monrovia and parts adjacent have been without pipe-borne water since last Friday due to what the LWSC management termed as “technical problem.”
LWSC Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, Mr. Frankie Cassell, yesterday told the INQUIRER that the White Plain Water Treatment Plant was shut down because the Corporation did not want to pump “sub-standard” water into Monrovia.
Mr. Cassell said the move to shut down the Water Treatment Plant last Friday was a precautionary one although he refused to go into detail relative to the Corporation being out of purification chemicals.
The LWSC Technical man said the Corporation has chemicals to purify and treat water and made same fit for human consumption but refused to say how many chemicals were in stock to service the public, saying, “I cannot give you what I have in stock.”
When quizzed further he said the Corporation have chlorine and other chemicals that can improve the water content and as such giving it good taste, correct color and further said, “ I will not go into detail at this point.”
Also speaking to the INQUIRER about the Corporation’s human resources, the acting Managing Director, Madam Charlene Abla Awadjie-Ihedioha denied report that the Corporation is transferring some employees to non-operational areas.
The LWSC acting Boss said people have been transferred to Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount and Kakata, Margibi County where the Corporation’s facilities are functional.
Madam Awadjie-Ihedioha said the Corporation’s restructuring exercise has four layers beginning with retirement of which eleven persons who have reached the legal tenure or age for retirement have been retired with sixty percent of their monthly salaries being agreed upon instant of the legal forty percent in retirement.
The LWSC Deputy Managing Director for Administration who is currently acting said legally every Corporation can hire, re-hire and transfer and that the Corporation is moving away from the old model waiting for customers and adopting a new model in a sale and marketing fashion which will enable the Corporation reach out to its customers everywhere.
She said to date the Corporation has not dismissed any employee but noted that the Corporation’s structuring exercise also includes redundancy and termination which is a right under labor law 1508.
“Sometimes there are people who do not want to work or are not productive. That kind of behavior requires redundancy or termination,” Madam Awadjie-Ihedioha said in a serious mood.