Sustainable Water Project for Western Area… Underserved, unserved communities to benefit
The Sustainable Water Project for Western Area is expected to benefit undeserved and unserved communities in the east of the capital, Freetown.
The project, which will be funded by World Vision Sierra Leone, comprise the provision of three (3) new solar powered boreholes, rehabilitation of water supply infrastructure in selected communities and three hospitals, installation of storage tanks and emergency water trucking.
This support by World Vision is part of their COVID-19 emergency response crafted after swift engagement with them by the Ministry of Water Resources.
At the official launch of the project, Water Resources Minister, Ing. Phillip K. Lansana attributed the inadequate bulk water supply and the integrity of infrastructure that has long been compromised due to age as the issues responsible for the poor water supply Freetown.
“The effect of the inadequacy of water supply in Freetown is exacerbated with the incident of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the intervention of World Vision International is apt and timely especially when the proposed facilities are for undeserved and unserved communities of the east end of Freetown and for the three strategic hospitals that have dire need for potable water supply,” he said.
Minister Lansana made reference to President Julius Maada Bio's New Direction Government plan to achieving the SDG 6.1 which is provision of water for all by 2030.
“The Government of Sierra Leone through my Ministry is working relentlessly in achieving this task through several water supply projects and the management of water resources including this activity,” the Minister affirmed.
He noted that because of the significant contributions World Vision is making towards achieving SDG 6 and the Medium Term National Development targets, his Ministry is in the process of signing a memorandum of understanding with them in addition to the existing service level agreement.
The Minister appreciated World Vision for assisting his Ministry to provide water supply to communities in the operational districts of Freetown and Koidu town during the COVID-19 lockdowns and to also provide for vulnerable groups in Kono.
He called on all parties that will be involved in delivering this project to do so on time so that services are restored to the intended beneficiaries.
Also, World Vision National Director, James Chifwélu, lauded the government for creating the space for them to continue implement their projects. He said they have been working with the Ministry of Water Resources and GUMA Valley Water Company for the realization of such project.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation ll, Dr. Amara Jambai also launched the WASH Project for hospitals and also received IPC and cleaning materials in the context of COVID-19. The two projects will cost around Le 4billion.