The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation have broken ground for the rehabilitation of the Kakata water system. The groundbreaking, which was held on July 4, 2014 in Kolkata, Margibi County brought together LWSC, Margibi County authorities, and UNMIL Civil Affairs Representative as well as civil society and eminent citizens of Margibi County, among others.
Speaking to reporters in Kakata over the weekend, the Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services of the LWSC, Frankie Cassel, said the rehabilitation, which will mainly focus on Kakata, is expected to last for a year, aimed at restoring safe drinking water to residents of Kakata and its surroundings.
He said the rehabilitation will include the Kakata Water Tower, piping system and treatment facilities for the water. Mr. Cassell noted that besides the rehabilitation of the old pipes, there are also components for expansion, which will include laying of additional pipes.
He recounted that during the Liberian Civil Crisis, many of the water systems were damaged, but the Kakata system was not badly damaged so it was operated after the war before the rehabilitation. He narrated that funding for the project comes from the African Development Bank or AFDB.
The Deputy Managing Director also disclosed that the LWSC, through the intervention of the Government of Liberia has started since March 2014 to develop a pipe bond water system in Weala, Margibi County.
Holes have been developed and the pump house and power house are also being constructed in Weala, according to him. He added that residents would have to pay for the water in order to maintain the services.
The LWSC Deputy Boss also explained that the Government of Liberia has tasked the corporation with the responsibility to sustain the LWSC, revealing that presently, pipe bone water costs US one cent per gallon. Mr. Cassel urged residents of Kakata and Margibi at large to make use of the pipe borne water and help in maintaining the facility.