World Bank Approves US$20M Grant for Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation
Monrovia – The Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation Duannah Kamara has revealed that the World Bank has approved US$20 million support for the replacement of major water transmission lines that are faulty.
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The LWSC Managing Director stated that he hopes the ratification of the grant will take place next week by the Government of Liberia and the World Bank.
He added that once the modalities are worked out, the new transmission line will be upgraded from 36 cages to 48 cages, so that there can be an abundance of water into Monrovia.
According to him, the African Development Bank has also purchased four new pumps, which are currently being installed at the White Planes.
He made the statement at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism regular press briefing on Thursday, September 5.
Kamara stressed that the LWSC keeps encountering problems on a daily basis because the already existing infrastructure of the entity are old and faulty.
“The line has outlived its usefulness, the pipes continue to rapture because it is old and these are the reasons why we have a breakdown in water coming to the city. Every time we pump more into the pipe we get rapture because it is old,” he said.
According to him, even though the LWSC is aware of the many complaints from around the city about water shortage, his institution is challenged by the way water is being ration into the city.
“Because of the way we ration the water due to the age of that pipe, it’s even troubling for the institution in collecting bills from the customers,” he said.
Kamara assured that once the LWSC new lines are constructed, 10,000 homes will be supplied water.