What appears to be taking the form of confusion is involving between the managements of the Liberia Water $ Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and the National Center for Excellence and Creativity (NCEC) of which the latter accused the former of being responsible for the pollution of rivers, wetlands and the Atlantic Ocean due to the dumping of raw sewers some which that contains chemical.
In the communication dated August 2, 2012 under the signature of Emmanuel Gonquoi, NCEC Director of Project, they claimed that the poor management and disposal of waste by the LWSC was greatly affecting wells from whence many inhabitants in the various communities in Monrovia obtain drinking water.
"The corporation is found of dumping sewer wastes in the mangrove swamps of the Mesurado River, a situation that undermines the livelihood of our people living in communities along the swamps," the letter quoted officials as claiming.
The action by the LWSC, according to the communication, was also causing serious damage to the wetlands, animals and also polluting the soil for crops, noting that the rivers, wetlands and sea is affected even greater, a situation that provides the opportunity for destruction of food chain.
Fiamah sewer wastes disposal site
In order to address the problem put at the feet of the LWSC, the group recommended series of actions including touring of facilities of the corporation coupled with the development of a blueprint on the distribution of safe drinking water and the disposal of waste.
Not stopping there, the group also recommended the compilation of a statistical report on the volume of water supplied together with the volume of waste disposal as well.
Besides that, the NCEC boss also called for record of the profession composition of the technical hands managing the facilities of the corporation.
But without taking into consideration the recommendations pupt forth by the NCEC, the LWSC has hit back strong, refuting the allegation linking corporation to poor waste disposal and management in rivers, wetlands and Atlantic Ocean.
Acting Managing Director of LWSC Emmett Watson, who took a team of journalists including that of the New Republic on a guided tour of its facilities by a team of journalists Tuesday said the Fiamah community wastes disposal passes through many chemical processes which make it manageable and harmless to the human community.
"The waste disposal process is actually far from human habitat as alleged by the civil society organization as these processes are of widely acclaimed international standards", the Acting MD noted, and added that water testing is done on a monthly basis.
"We have been accredited by international partners who we regularly supplied with our water to include the UNMIL, UNDP, and other diplomatic missions in the countries", Mr. Watson said.
It can be recalled that health officials in recent time have contributed the increase in malaria and typhoid fever to the poor environment and the lack of working policy to regulate waste disposal and management as well as community water treatment facilities.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is on record raising concerns about the pollution of the Du River for which she mandated the Monrovia City Corporation to clean the river of what she called "sewage."