Millennium Challenge Account _ Liberia ( MCA_L) and the Liberia Water And Sewer Corporation ( LWSC) have broke ground for the construction of a US$18million new raw water intake from the dam of the Hydropower Plant to the White Plains Water Treatment Plant.
The pipeline is part of the Energy project under the Millennium Challenge Corporation ( MCC) Compact with Liberia through a grant of US$ 257m provided by the United States of America to address the lack of access to reliable and affordable electricity and adequate road infrastructure.
The pipeline project for which the Government of Liberia and the MCA_L broke grounds will deliver water from the dam using gravity flow, saving the LWSC US $780,000 yearly in electricity costs to pump water to the water treatment plant.
The project will improve the reliability and quality of the water supply to the nearly one million residents of Greater Monrovia. The old water intake was constructed in 1957 and it was destroyed due to the Liberian civil conflict ,a situation which now makes it difficult for LWSC to adequately supply Monrovia and it's environs.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, president George Weah indicated that the construction of the new water intake will surely improve the water quality of Monrovia and it's environs, thereby improving the health of the people of Liberia.
President Weah noted that his government's PRO Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development ( PAPD) focuses on improved service delivery as a means of creating better Living conditions for all Liberians.
He added that the construction of the raw water intake pipeline is a clear manifestation of the US government's commitment in ensuring that the national development strategies are realized.
" I want to admonish the engineers, management and staff of the Liberia Water And Sewer Corporation (LWSC) to properly maintain the infrastructure when it becomes fully operational by June 2020"; the Liberian leader said.
According to the Liberian chief Executive, he was, onbehalf of the government and people of Liberia, grateful to the government and people of the United States of America for their immense contributions to the development of Liberian and it's citizens, particularly in the energy and water sectors.
Speaking earlier,the Managing Director of Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation Hon. Duannah A. Kamara said the occasion is a demonstration of Government's commitment to providing safe,reliable and affordable water to the people of Liberia.
" We are deeply grateful for the strong support of the United States of America and the relevant agencies for the project", he said.
According to the LWSC Boss, the event marked another milestone towards the realization of the compact objectives and the United States Government's support to the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development; noting that the Millennium Challenge Compact is also intended to help facilitate poverty reduction through economic growth in Liberia.
MD Kamara added that the implementation phase of the project will create employment opportunities for many residents in White Plains and Harrisburg,thus improving their livelihoods as it would eventually contribute to economic growth with the people of Monrovia having access to safe and reliable drinking water.
Also speaking, US Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder said the construction of the new water intake from Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant to the WHITE Plains Water Treatment Plant underscores the broad and deep tie between the United States Government and the Government of Liberia.
According to her, it has been sixty-two years since American officials at the White Plains Water Treatment Plant conducted an official opening ceremony and it was commissioning the project in 1957.
For his part, Liberia's Finance Minister Hon. Samuel Tweah said the impact of the project speaks value to the MCC module as the project reduce electricity costs In the tone of US $ 780,000 annually, which is really needed by the LWSC.
Minister Tweah,speaking breifly, also noted that the Liberian government is working along with other stakeholders in finding ways to reduce the high cost of electricity being incurred by LWSC. He indicated tariff reduction by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to LWSC will positive affect the business cost.
Meanwhile, MCA_L has contracted Denys NV ( Belgium) to design and construct the pipeline and Nocholas O'Dwyer (Ireland) as the Engineer for design review and construction supervision, the project is expected to be completed in June 2020.