-As USAID Turns Over three Refurbish Water Treatment Plants
By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
In an effort to make safe drinking water accessible to all Liberians across the country, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has turned over three refurbished water treatment plants to the government of Liberia through the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC).
The plants located in three counties capital cities, Robertsports, Grand Cape Mount County, Vonjama, Lofa, County and Sinniquille, Nimba County were recently renovated by USAID in the tone of over twenty million United States dollars (US$20million).
Making the disclosure to journalists in Monrovia over the weekend, LWSC Director for Operations, Moses Saah Tandanpolie said the renovation of the three projects got underway in April of 2016 and was completed in April of this year, 2018.
“The projects were initiated in April 2016 and got completed in April 2018. The plants were rehabilitated and some new components were newly constructed, like the cleaning path and the three slow sand filters are some of those components that were newly constructed,” Tandanpolie said.
Tandanpolie stated that the three treatment plants are high bread, thus, it comprises of a solar panel which according to him is the first of its kind in the entire country.
Tandanpolie who also served as one of three engineers during the renovation process based in Lofa county stated that the designed capacity of the plants is three hundred-thirty-six thousand gallons (3, 3600) per day, but according to him based on the water demand those plants are able to pump over one million gallons a day.
“We have an elevated tower that is nine hundred thousand gallons, so we send water to the tower at the same time send water to the city,” he noted
The LWSC Operations Director indicated that the plants were designed with what he calls a water network system, adding that the plants also carry mini-water treatment plants which according to him can serve five thousand persons per day.
“On the 27 of September, the plants were hand over to government of Liberia through the Liberia Water and Sewar Corporation (LWSC). The contractor, the Universal Infrastructural Project (UIP) handed the projected over to USAI and USAID in returned handed it over to the LWSC,” Tandanpolie said.
Meanwhile, Tandanpolie has revealed that the LWSC has again turned over the project to a company called Operation and Maintenance Contractor (OMC) for proper management through an agreement.
He disclosed that this was enshrined within the projected by the USAID that after the completion of the project, that it be out source for the next two years and subjected to renewal.