Vice President Boakai Stresses the Importance of Safe Drinking Water

Monday, 22nd October 2007

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberiaís Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says it ironical that Liberia which has so much water cannot provide safe drinking for its citizens.

Vice President Boakai stressed the importance of safe drinking water in the poverty reduction strategy, noting that water is tied to sanitation and health.

He made the remarks Monday, when a delegation from the Chicago based AB&H company which is in the country to conduct an assessment of the Liberia Water and  Sewer treatment plant,  paid a courtesy call on him.

LWSC Managing Director Hun-Bu Tulay and the Board Chairman of the Corporation, Musa Bility who accompanied the delegation, earlier briefed the Vice President about the delegationís mission.

In his briefing, Mr. Tulay told Vice President Boakai that the government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Public Works in collaboration with the World Bank has contracted AB&H, the original designer of the Liberia Water and Sewer Plant to assess and redesign the water treatment plant with the view of restoring it to its pre-war capacity.

Mr Tulay said whatever water is being pumped by the water treatment plant now is being done by old equipment, and that there is a need to rehabilitate it to sustain the level of water supply to city residents.

He said the ĎQuick Impactí assessment would determine how the level of water supply can be sustained.

Mr. Bility observed that governmentís poverty reduction strategy can only be attained if it can supply safe drinking water to its residents.

Also briefing the Vice President, William L. Meinholze, Vice President of AB&H who is heading the four-man delegation, said the purpose of the assessment is to determine what can be done to improve the Whiteplains Water Treatment Plant, and how much money would be needed to do this.

He said they have been charged with the responsibility to restore the water treatment plant to its pre-war capacity.