The General Manager of Guma Valley Water Company Ibrahim Wilson has disclosed in parliament that the dam that supplies water to Freetown is below its average annual level.
The Management of Guma .Valley last Friday met MPs from the Western Area and some Committee heads on their advocacy meeting at Committee Room No1.The meeting with MPs was part of Guma’s strategy in raising public awareness.
Speaker after speaker reiterated that the capacity of Guma cannot match with the present population explosion in the city. But the General Manager of Guma said managing a resource that is dwindling is one problem faced at Guma.
He disclosed that the company supplies 16.5 million gallons of water a day and when the dam is in its capacity, 20 million gallons are supplied. And he also stated that because of the impact of climate change, the dam is below its average annual level. “This is not the typical July we used to have” he told MPs.
Mr. Wilson called for the conservation of water, reduce consumption of it and re-use water as he stated that “We rely on nature for water”.
The Public Relations Officer of Guma, Joseph Musa explained the difficulties faced by the company and said they store water, treat and distribute it which is capital intensive. He said the chemicals used in three months to treat water costs the company about $80,000 but all the high cost involved could not be recovered because of the Le 1.30c tariff per gallon set in 2006. “That makes it more difficult for us to generate funds” he lamented.
He further stated that the company has water shortage in the city because of the increase in population, destroyed pipes, illegal connections and non payment of bills. By Ishmael Bayoh