Paris, France – Liberia’s Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) Managing Director, Duannah Kamara on the invitation and sponsorship of UNESCO, attended the first Water Science Policy Interface Colloquium (SPIC Water) on June 14th -16th,2018 held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
This Ministerial gathering brought together over 50 ministers and heads of water corporations and specialized agencies from across the world, to call upon the renewal and reinforcement of the political commitment to ensure immediate and effective actions towards overcoming water and sanitation-related challenges in various countries. This meeting also laid emphasis on shared water education policies and best practices on water and sanitation.
According to a dispatch from Paris, France, Mr Kamara who addressed the 1st Water Science-Policy Interface Colloquium from June 14-16, 2018 said to also ensure the constant availability and reliability of water supply to the population, the new LWSC Management intends to put in place green technology in the production and distribution of water services – moving to solar technology for pumping supply.
During his speech, the LWSC managing director underscored that improvement in Liberia’s water network through the rehabilitation and expansion of its distribution services to ensure constant availability and reliability. This he asserts should be achieved through the use of green technology in the production and distribution of water services while moving to solar technology for pumping water supply.
Mr. Kamara said the completion of the rehabilitation of the water treatment plant to pre-war status, increase production to 16 million gallons per day and intends to take beyond this amount by 2022.
Meanwhile, LWSC will commission a new booster station on Airfield Sinkor and is currently rehabilitating the booster station on Newport Street as well as the Ducor Water Tower, to help address low-pressure challenges within the Monrovia water network; thus, improving availability and sustainability of water supply to the city of Monrovia and beyond.
“Although all these interventions have been immensely helpful, LWSC is now creating a national strategy to address its needs VISION 2022. This will ensure that all the interventions are strategically aligned to address LWSC’s needs and challenges.” Mr. Kamara noted.
The LWSC boss said good governance and water security goes beyond the availability; it is rather ensuring that each person has quality, reliable and safe drinking water at affordable costs. He said it is also ensuring that water is of good quality that supports ecosystems growth and development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 6, he said has helped immensely in setting clear objectives and targets for sustainable water resource management; most especially for developing nations, Liberia included.
The LWSC MD attendance brought immediate success to Liberia interests at UNESCO. Liberia’s status was re-activated and the Managing Director subsequently made a strong case for Liberia to be considered as council member of the International Hydrological program (IHP) of UNESCO; which is currently under review.
Mr. Kamara congratulated UNESCO for the invitation to the first Water Colloquium and promised to remain engaged while working tirelessly to ensuring that Liberia joins the UN Water Family. Mr. Kamara ensured that he will work along with other line ministries and agencies of government to form Liberia’s first Water council consistent with SDG 6.