Addressing a news conference yesterday at his Siaka Stevens Street Office, General Manager of the Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC) Ibrahim Wilson said that his company is not making profit in terms of raising revenue from the public.He added that, people are reluctant to pay their bills and “we are finding it very difficult to raise revenue to run the company”.“The culture of people paying their water bills to that of paying electricity bills is different… in as much as we spend millions of Leones to provide treated water for people.”Wilson stated “we are trying our best to provide water but people should know how to manage the available water and pay their bills on time”. The General Manager also disclosed that, Guma sells water at Le 90,000 for every 1,000 gallons of water through their bowser by a prepaid system (i.e. pay before delivery). He pointed out that his company is putting measures in place and come 2009 people with illegal connections and defaulters will face the full force of the law.Through leakages and illegal connections, he said that Guma is losing millions of Leones a day and urged people to report cases of leakages and illegal connections.
Project Manager at the Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC) Management Unit, George Saquee said that, Guma has received a loan from IDA and a grant from DFID through World Bank for the improvement of the water situation in Freetown.The IDA loan he said is $3.1million for the improvement of water supply along 23 streets in the east-end of Freetown starting from Mount Auroel down to Lower Allen Town.The DFID grant he said is $ 8million for the improvement and extension of water supply to under-served areas like Kroobay, Malama, Aberdeen and New England and the grant will also support the extension of water supply in Moa Wharf, though the greater part will be Kissy.He stated that “if we improve the water system and reduce the leakages to 30% Guma will increase its revenue and also make provision for communities that do not have access to water.”Saquee re affirmed that one of the major work under taken by the DFID grant is upgrading the master plan of the water system of the company. He explained that as it is now Guma Dam is supplying 90% of the water and cannot cope with the demand for water supply in the city. Guma Dam and its two subsidiary dams (Babadorie and Charlotte) can only supply 85,000 cubic metres per day whilst the demand for today is 120,000 cubic metres.