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63,000 Liberians To Access Safe, Regular Water Supply
MONROVIA, March 28 (LINA) -The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$10 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to increase access to pipe-borne water supply in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, and surrounding areas.
The money will also improve the operational efficiency of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), according to a World Bank press release.
The Liberia Urban Water Supply Project (LUWSP), which targets 63,000 direct beneficiaries, 44 percent of which are females, will facilitate critical repairs, rehabilitation of the existing distribution network and extension to new areas with additional customers.
The project will facilitate new connections, more hours of water supply, fewer interruptions in water service and closer proximity to safe water supply sources.
“This project constitutes an important step towards implementing the government’s Agenda for Transformation and post-Ebola Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan, which emphasize the urgent need to improve water and sanitation service delivery in Liberia,” said Inguna Dobraja, World Bank Country Manager for Liberia.
“A reliable and affordable source of clean water is an essential precondition for a healthy population and robust economic activity,” Dobraja added.
Project beneficiaries of the LUWSP comprise residents of Central Monrovia, Somalia Drive, Duport Road and Roberts International Airport Highway.
The construction work will create job opportunities for Liberians and improve access to services and living conditions.
Communities with large percentage of poor households that are unable to afford private household connections will benefit from the construction of standpipes or kiosks.
The LWSC will also develop a rate-payment scheme to allow these poorer households to finance connection fees over a longer period.
The LUWSP will reduce water losses and improve water flows to Central Monrovia, as well as address urgent rehabilitation needs along Somalia Drive and in Central Monrovia to restore water supply in the city center.
Key transmission lines along Duport Road, Somalia Drive and Roberts International Airport highway will be rehabilitated /extended to reduce bottlenecks and create backup capacity in these areas.