10 April 2014

Gambia: NAWEC Boss Reveals Plans to Address Fajara Water Problem

The managing director of the National Water and Electricity Company has revealed plans to integrate the Brikama Water Plant, so as to boost the supply of water at Fajara.

Ebrima Sanyang was speaking on Tuesday at the Brikama Water Treatment Plant during the second day tour of water and electricity facilities by the Minister of Energy, Teneng Mba-Jaiteh.

"We will try to raise some funds from our internal resources to get some pipes to connect from Kotu Police Station to the Traffic Light Standard Chartered House, which will allow us to link to the Fajara system," NAWEC boss revealed. He informed the Energy minister and the entourage that so far, all other facilities are linked but Fajara still stands alone. That's why, he noted, "anytime there is power outage within the line supplying the Fajara boreholes, there is low pressure or lack of water." Sanyang added that "So we will try and address this problem towards the end of this year, which requires a funding of up to 100, 000 Euro to raise the required materials needed, but we believe is a way to also address the problem." According to him, much needs to be done when it comes to the issue of water distribution. On her part, Honourable Teneng Mba-Jaiteh, the minister of Energy said the purpose of her tour was to visit the facilities, to see what is on the ground. According to her, it is NAWEC priority and by extension the government to see that the issue of portable water supply is addressed in the Greater Banjul Area and the Peri-Urban Area in general.

"We have more than excess capacity being generated here (Brikama water plant) as far as water is concerned. The challenge is how to ensure that this water is off-loaded to the households and industries that need it, but again that requires capital investment in terms of distribution," the Energy minister stated. She finally thanked the staff members of NAWEC for maintaining the facilities.

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