President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has disclosed that “the supply of water in Freetown is in a deplorable state”.
He added that we know that water is life and that no one can live without water, stating that water is fundamental to everyone.
The Head of State made this pronouncement during an inspection and formalization tour he made to the Guma Dam and Guma treatment works over the weekend at mile 13.
President Koroma revealed that, he went to get first hand information and inspect what is going on and the work Guma is doing to meet the challenges of supplying water to Freetown and its environs.
Commenting on the dam which is low, Dr Koroma revealed that it was an indication that it will not meet its capacity to fulfill the increased demand of water.
Guma he said has institutional problems which he noted must be addressed by the Board to implement new initiatives to increase the revenue collection and to meet the increased demand of water in the city and its environs.
He added that his government has ‘not met the water target”, noting that electricity is not all what the people want. Water is more important.
His Excellency pointed out that, every day Guma loose gallons of water as a result of leakages and water wastages, noting that this is causing problems for the institutions.
He stressed that “there is room for improvement of the water sector”, adding that as a government we have a responsibility to try to tackle these issues.
He hoped that at the end of his visit he will be able to map out strategies for the improvement of the Guma.
In his statement the Acting General Manger of Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC) Ibrahim Wilson said that, his institution is facing many constraints, adding that they need serious investment to address the water problem.
He noted that water is life and it should be the number one priority for the government.
Mr Wilson appealed to the government for more attention to be paid to his institution.
The Minister of Energy and Power Haja Afsatu Kabba gave an over view of the visit and led the delegation to both the Guma dam, little Guma dam and the treatment works.
At the treatment works the senior mechanical Superintendent Patrick Sefoi explained to his Excellency and his entourage how the water is being treated to meet international standards and also highlighted the constraints they are facing.