…UK Aid committed to solve water crisis in Sierra Leone
June 14, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai
Minister of Water Resources, Momodu Maligi, has disclosed that UK Aid has committed a whopping sum of 38 million British Pounds Sterling (£38m) in order to rehabilitate Freetown’s aging water network, which loses nearly half of its water to leaks.
He made the above disclosure during the handing over ceremony of water facilities to the government of Sierra Leone, provided by UK Aid and the Freetown WASH Consortium on Monday in Freetown.
Mr. Maligi said efforts to ensure that water is available, affordable and accessible at all times have been intensified as his ministry in collaboration with the Freetown WASH Consortium, has formed a dedicated rapid response teams to monitor and repair leaking pipes along 10 zones in Freetown.
He said his ministry has adopted a robust water rationing schedule to ensure that water supplied through the network is equitably distributed around the city.
“We have established a toll number which is 246 in order to allow the public to report any concerns as a measure to reduce significant water loss resulting from ‘created leaks’ or pipe cutting,” the minister said.
He recalled that as part of the Government’s Dry Season Plan project, they were able to construct four industrial boreholes in Regent, Brookfields, and Kissy, adding that an expansion of bowser collection points at Grafton was also provided.
“To alleviate water shortages in some areas of Freetown that are vulnerable to public health outbreaks and are located beyond network coverage of main water supply, UK Aid, through Freetown WASH Consortium, is supporting to increase access to safe and reliable water supply by constructing 20 solar powered new boreholes. It will also rehabilitate 20 malfunctioned boreholes and installing 50 water kiosks in communities like Welligton, Hastings, Carsel Farm, Wilberforce, Allen Town, among others,” he also disclosed.
He added that they have a component that entails research into water governance, strengthening capacity and performance of community-based management and government staff to ensure better governance of decentralized water facilities in Freetown, and promotion of household water-treatment solutions.