Efforts Underway to Restore Pipe-Borne Water to Zwedru
By Chris Nyenapee, Grand Gedeh County Correspondent
ZWEDRU, Jan27 (LINA) - Efforts are underway to restore pipe-borne water and sewerage system to Zwedru, provincial capital of Grand Gedeh County, with the replacement of worn- out and damaged pipes.
The local head of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), Ishmael Krah, said some public buildings, including the Zwedru City Hall, County Administration Building, and other public structures as well as about 30 private homes have been connected to the system.
The LWSC official told the Liberia News Agency that the LWSC’s present capacity is 90,000 gallons per day, three times per week.
He said the water is pumped from wells at Suah Quarters and treated at the water tower (reservoir) on A.G .Hill in Zwedru.
He said the LWSC was financing the water provision from the corporation’s budget and with support from the Liberian government.
Mr. Krah hoped that the African Development Bank (AfDB) will join the LWSC to rehabilitate and expand facilities to other areas in the city, which has grown far beyond its original size.
Meanwhile, Krah has said that the grace period granted customers has expired, and that beginning February all pipe-borne water customers will begin to pay water bills.
The LWSC was established in Zwedru in the late 1970s, but its facilities were damaged during the civil conflict, leaving residents to rely on wells and hand pumps for drinking water and domestic use.