The General Manager of the Guma Valley Company (GVWC) Ibrahim Wilson has said that the water shortage in the Freetown for the past weeks has come to an end.
At a press conference yesterday at the Company’s conference hall, he said that the problem at Angola Town, off Goderich with a 28 inches diameter pipe was an accident caused by CSE..
However, he was quick to state that they have done thorough repair to the pipe and if the work has been done well it not have such problem again.
He said that the depth of the pipe is 5.7 meters down the earth and it’s the main pipe that supplies water to the city.
Wilson said that their workers have been working three weeks on the pipe to salvage the problem.
He disclosed that “the dam at Mile 13 is full and there is no water shortage”, adding that the only problem was the damaged pipe. This he said is a good year for the company in terms of the rains.
He assured the public that the work on the pipe has been concluded and urged them to pay their bills to enable them do their operations.
The General Manager noted that they supplied 16.5 million gallons of highly purified water to the city and of which 50% of these is wastage due to leakages and illegal connections.
He predicts that the only alternative to the water problem is the rehabilitation of the Orugu dam and the replacement of rubber pipes to galvanized or metal pipes.
Wilson stated that wastage is not an option to them as they are putting mechanism in place to ease this problem.
With the commitment of this government there are plans to change from rubber pipes to metal or galvanized pipes and extend coverage in other parts of the city.
The Deputy General Manager, Bankole Mansaray said that it is costing Guma a lot of money to produce water.
He assured the public of their commitment to make water available everyday, with the little resources they have.
Mansaray noted that they generate income on what they produce, adding that they don’t receive subsidies from government or any other agencies.
He appealed to people to pay their bills on time.
The programme Officer, George Saquee outlined some the projects undertaken by Guma to solve the water problem in the country.
By Abibatu Kamara and Judy Vue