In a pro-active move to overcome shortage of water supply in the Mile 91 and Yonibana communities in the Tonkolili District, north of the country, the Minister of Water Resources Hon. Momodu Maligi III and other senior officials in the water sector have recently paid a swift visit to the Mile 91 and Yonibana communities to seek long- lasting solution to the water problem encountered by residents of those Communities during the months of March , April and May every year when the water table goes down.
The Minister and other stakeholders in the sector have identified two (2) additional water sources situated at the heart of a swamp in Yonibana Community to complement the existing water supply especially during the dries.
The two opened diameter wells which are expected to be rehabilitated with an installation of a ‘mechanical drive high lift pump’ is part of the drive of the Ministry of Water Resources to provide quality and affordable water supply to residents of those communities.
In as much as the Government through the Ministry of Water Resources has a responsibility to provide affordable water to the people, residents are equally under obligation to pay their water rates to sustain the smooth supply of water.
Furthermore, plans are in the pipe line to secure welding machine and dewatering machines to help with repairs of faulty pipes and cleaning of the 2(two) water wells.
The current challenges confronting inhabitants of those communities cannot be unconnected to the rural urban migration before, during and after the civil war in Sierra Leone which subsequently resulted in an expansion of towns and cities thereby leading to sharp increase in population.
According to the Station Manager of SALWACO in Mile 91, James Bio, the initial water facility in Mile 91 was only meant for 15,000 people in 1978, as compared to 45,000 consumers now.
In March 2011 the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, officially launched the mile 91 / Yonibana Water Supply Project for the rehabilitation of 2(two) underground water wells some 5 kilometers away from Mile 91 to service about 45,000 people in Mile 91 and Yonibana communities respectively.
The Mile 91/Yonibana Water Facility awaits commissioning at any time from now but currently pumping portable water to the communities.
Wednesday May 28, 2014