As most residents in Freetown continue to complain of water scarcity and the inadequate water supply to their business and residential places, this press has learnt that the Guma Valley Water Company is currently constrained to meet the required satisfaction of all their subscribers, as a result of huge debts some private and public enterprises owe them.
According to the Public Relations officer of the Guma Water Company Joseph Musa the company is highly committed to delivering services to its subscribers but the negligent attitude of some consumers in paying their bills, constitute a big constraint for them in meeting the demand of genuine consumers.
Guma Valley he said, provides some 15.5 million gallons of water to its numerous consumers in Freetown and its environs on a daily basis, but the rate of payment per day falls far below expectation, he said adding that it is a stumbling block to their operations.
He explained that 150 million Leones is required to treat the dam every quarter but they are getting little or no cooperation from the subscribers.
Again it has also been confirmed that, the inadequate rain fall this season has extremely contributed to the low level of water in the dam, but people have attributed the low level to the encroachment of lands around the dam thereby clearing the vegetation.
According to sources close to Guma office, the new board is working on plans to identify all their debtors, locations and duration of such debts so that they could be encouraged to fulfill their obligations by paying what they owe the company so as to meet their expenses in order to improve on water supply to everyone.
Inspite of the 3million US Dollars support they received from World Bank the company needs $ 200 million US Dollars to improve on the dam to be able to service the whole city.
By Solomon Rogers