Executive Mansion Press Release
Monrovia, Liberia-The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) will on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 hold a one-day donor conference at the C. Cecil Auditorium in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill, Monrovia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Government of Liberia in collaboration with donors, development partners, bi-lateral governments and stakeholders, is holding the roundtable conference with the aim of mobilizing resources to mitigate the funding gaps for the rehabilitation and improvement of the water and sanitation facilities in Monrovia and other urban cities in the country.
The release noted that drinking water supply and providing adequate human waste disposal facilities continue to be a challenge for government due to availability of funding. The conference will serve as a basis for discussions on the way forward for meeting the water demand and sanitation needs of the population of Liberia living in urban areas through the LWSC operations in Liberia.
“Today, only Monrovia, Kakata and Zwedru cities are supplied some pipe-borne water while the rest of the county capitals are without pipe-borne water supply” the release added. According to LWSC Management, funding has hampered efforts to rehabilitate some of the facilities to pre-war status. Notwithstanding, owing to government’s commitment, rehabilitation works are presently ongoing for the Monrovia System; the systems in Kakata, Buchanan and Zwedru, as there is some commitment for Sanniquellie, Voinjama and Robertsport.
Amid the challenges faced by LWSC to rehabilitate its water and sanitation facilities there is also a dire need for expansion to keep up with increasing population and demand especially the population of Monrovia that has now tripled from 450,000 to nearly 1.5 million inhabitants.
So far, several projects have been undertaken in collaboration with Liberia’s development partners including the African Development Bank (AfDB)- undertaking the Monrovia System, water and sanitation for Buchanan, Zwedru and Kakata; USAID’s commitment is targeted at the rehabilitation of Robertsport, Zwedru and Voinjama and the World Bank is committed to rehabilitate and expand the Monrovia Distribution System and conduct feasibility studies for Harper, Greenville and Gbarnga.
Meanwhile, the one-day donor roundtable conference seeks to discuss financial and operational gaps within the LWSC and find means to mitigate them; discuss new strategies for sustainability; commit to a specific plan of action going forward; and discuss other challenges and way they can be addressed. The roundtable will bring together the LWSC Management, its Board of Directors, key government ministries/agencies, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, USAID, EU, DFID, UNICEF, Embassies of USA and China, JICA, and other relevant stakeholders.