The Minister of Water Resources, Ing. Philip K. Lansana accompanied by a cross-section of the Management staff of Guma Valley Water Company have on Friday 24th September 2021 visited the project sites of the Waterloo and Tombo Gravity Water Supply Systems to assess progress on the works carried out so far.
The projects which are part of improving access to safe and clean water, sanitation, and hygiene for the 55,000 residents of Waterloo and 40,000 in Tombo Village are funded by the Governments of Sierra Leone and Iceland.
The two Gravity Water Supply Systems Projects includes the construction of concrete intake weir structure,
laying of Transmission pipeline from intake weir to storage tanks, construction of 150 m3 and 100 m3 storage tanks; rehabilitation of a 300m3 storage tank, laying of Distribution pipelines, laying of service connections, and construction of over 25 kiosks points in the Waterloo community and 200 public stand posts at Tombo.
At Waterloo, the Minister expressed concern about the slow pace of the works.
In his response, the Contractor, Brunnenbrau Conrad (Bbc) explained that the main challenge the project is facing is timely allocation of land space for the laying of the distribution mains and construction of the kiosks by the local authorities.
In contrast to the Waterloo project, the Tombo project is 99.9% completed and will be commissioned in the next few weeks.
In another development, the Minister also visited the Guma Pipe Yard at Kissy to inspect the pipes and other materials procured under the Freetown Water Supply Rehabilitation Project funded by UK Government.