Fish Market-Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Kojiee over the weekend broke grounds for the construction and express transmission water line.
The construction of the express transmission water line from the Liberia Water & Sewer Cooperation Fish Market Booster to Newport Street Booster station, according to officials, will ensure safe drinking water to over 170,,000 Liberians.
The project is part of the World Bank’s support for water and sanitation and it is under Liberia’s Urban Water Supply (LUWS).
Mayor Kojiee, at the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, August 20, thanked the World Bank for their continued to support to the government and people of Liberia stressing that the project will boost the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC) capacity to provide water to Monrovia and its environs.
According to Mayor Kojiee, expanding access to clean water and basic sanitation services is fundamental in reducing poverty, fighting diseases, and improving the livelihood of the Liberian people. As such, ensuring that water and infrastructure is properly maintained, is a critical development goal for the CDC Government
“Water in the city of Monrovia has social and economic implications. Water is at the center of economic and social development; it is vital to maintain health, grow food, generate energy, manage the environment, and create jobs.
“Today we move closer to achieving Liberia’s targets set in SDG 6. We have proposed a four institution working group: MCC, Public Works, EPA, and WASH Commission to curtail open defecation and enhance the WASH sector for the good of the nation.
“The last time water hit Monrovia was in 1992 for just one hour. Since then we have only witnessed the push or the Jerry cans shuttling between buildings in central Monrovia.
“Monrovia is also known as the wettest capital city in the world sitting at sixth place globally, with an annual average rainfall of 179 inches. There’s also plenty of tourist attractions in our city, probably not more than the rainfall we’ll experience.
“We are grateful for such progress under his Excellency George Weah; at this juncture distribution of water to places is expected to be systematic and timely than ever, the Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Kojiee concluded.
Speaking, World Bank Country Manager to Liberia, Dr. Khwimma Nthara pledged the World Bank’s commitment to supporting key sectors of the Liberian economy.
Dr. Nthara said the new water line will help improve water quality to the wild water system.
Noting that the groundbreaking ceremony was a significant milestone for the government in supplying water to its citizens.
He recounted that the first water supply line was built 60 years ago as such, the government should see a reason to change or modernize the pipeline that was destroyed during the 14 years of civil unrest in the country as a way of making water more affordable and accessible to the Liberian people.
Also attending the ceremony Mr. Orison Amu, Country Manager of the African Development Bank Liberia office expressed delight over the project and pledged ADB’s commitment to the government of Liberia.
According to him, the ground of the water line is something that is going to change the lives of Liberians.
He believes that the project will increase water coverage in Liberia and the whole of Africa because when one country gets water, it adds to the number of people who are getting water.
He used the occasion to thank President George Weah and other officials of government for their hard work done over the years in moving the country from one level to another.
Also in attendance, Finance and Development Planning Ministry Samuel D. Tweah on behalf of President WEAH expressed thanks to the World Bank for their support to the growth of Liberia over the years.
According to him, since the coming to office of the two officials of the bank; Khwimma Nthara, Director, and the new regional manager pear Lapatu Ziah who lives in Accra, Ghana, have worked with him and President WEAH ensuing that the bank makes an impact in Liberia through development.
He thanked the Liberia Water & Sewer Cooperation for the hard work they are doing at the moment and urged them to do more in more water supply in the country.
He at the same time called on the WASH Commission to do all can to reduced open deification in the country.
According to him, there any too many people still practicing open deification as such, Bobby Whitefield and his workers are now challenged to help fight it in the next two years as a way of helping the government to make progress in reducing open deification in the country.
For his part, LWSC’s Acting Managing Director, Moseray Momoh revealed the reservoir project will deliver water from Fish Market booster station to Newport Street Booster station to allow more than 170,000 persons to get access to safe drinking water from Paynesville to Monrovia.
Momoh stated the new project will run from White Plains water treatment plant to Monrovia.
Meanwhile, the express transmission water line project is expected to be completed in 2022.