Guma Valley Water Company’s (GVWC) 28 inch diameter pipe which is responsible for supplying
water to Freetown City on Saturday night got broken flooding the area.
The damage to the main pipe occurred near Mile 12 at a village called Mambo near Sussex.
At about 11:00 pm on Saturday GVWC workers converged to repair the damaged pipe; a work which took them into the evening hours of Sunday 26th July, 2009.
“As it is expected, to enable Guma workers to effectively repair the damaged pipe, the company had to shut down the water supply to the city on Saturday night leading to a break in the water supply to the city of Freetown for the best part of Sunday,” explained GVWC Public Relations Officer Joseph Musa
Speaking to Awoko on Sunday at the work site in the bush near Mambo where the damaged pipe was repaired, the General Manager, Mr. Ibrahim Wilson noted that this was the sacrifice workers of Guma are offering to the people of Freetown by working both at night and in the day in an effort to provide the city with portable water.
He noted that the problem was a technical one which the company can correct, but cautioned that consumers in the city must now realize the enormity of the problems confronting Guma as a service provider.
Mr. Wilson was quick to dispel rumours that the water level in the dam was low as a figment of the wide imagination of the holders of that view. In a confident mood, the General Manager maintained that there is at present an appreciable amount of water in the dam which will be readily available to residents of the city and this can only be done when work on the damaged pipe was completed.
But even by Monday morning, there was still a dearth of water supply to the city for which Guma Chief Engineer, Mr. Raymond Awoonor-Williams reported that after the completion of the work on the damaged pipe at Mambo, Company was in the process of sending water to the city by Sunday night when suddenly another unexpected problem on trunk mains at Marjay Town gave way which again led to wastage of huge volumes of water, thus leading to a second shutting down of water supply to the city.
Mr. Williams in his usual optimism assured Awoko that in spite of the two major break downs on the trunk mains, he is confident that work will be completed on the Marjay Town Trunk on Monday afternoon and that residents of the city will enjoy their usual portable water from Guma dam.
Asked whether the public is aware of these developments, the PRO of Guma, Mr. Musa said that an emergency announcement was made on Saturday night and even on Monday on the reasons for the lack of water supply and calls on the public to exercise patience as the problem will return to normalcy soon.