SALWACO improves pipe-born water for Lunsar
In a bid to improve access to pure drinking water for households across the country the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) has completed the installation of a computerized compact water treatment plant at Lunsar. (Photo: L-R Sotrad Water and Larica Investment contractors with Ag. SALWACO Director General Victor Hastings Spaine on a conducted tour of the water treatment plant at Lunsar)
The water treatment plant is expected to provide over 50,000 inhabitants with pipe born water funded by the government of Sierra Leone.
The Lunsar water supply system was constructed in 1969 but it was later destroyed and for the past forty years inhabitants of Lunsar have not benefited from the provision of pipe born water until SALWACO intervened through the government of Sierra Leone.
The Ag. Director General of the Sierra Leone Water Company Victor Hastings Spaine said the Lunsar water supply project is being implemented by Sotrad Water in partnership with Larica Investment Sierra Leone.
He said the Lunsar Water project will help to address the acute water shortage for the growing population as a result of the booming economic and social activities in the area to improve the livelihood of the people.
The Director of SALWACO also said that they have also constructed quarters for junior and senior staff of the Sierra Leone Water Company to ensure effective use and maintenance of the water treatment facilities and distribution networks.
He also stated the Lunsar water supply has a secured source of water during the dry season and assured that there are 500 cubic meters of reserve tanks to ensure effective distribution of water to households.
He said Lunsar has not got pipe born water for the past forty years and thanked the government of Sierra Leone for providing the funds for the construction of a computerized treatment plant, reservoir and distribution networks.
The Ag Director of SALWACO Victor Hastings Spaine assured residents of Lunsar that pipe born water will be distributed within households within the shortest possible time and encouraged locals to embrace SALWACO for the provision of safe drinking water for the people.
One of the engineers of Sotrad Water, Nico, said the water treatment plant has compact computerized state of the art technologies that meet internationally accepted standards. He also said that SALWACO laboratory technicians and operators have also undergone training programs in the use and maintenance of the water treatment plant.
He assured that the water treatment plant is easy to use and can be diagnosed electronically, adding that the treatment is capable of providing over a million liters of pure water in a few hours and that the source of water is also preferably located within the site.
The Sotrad Water engineer also said that they will continue the training program for local staff so that they can ensure the effective use and maintenance of the computerized water treatment plant the first of its kind in the country.
The CEO and Managing Partner of Sotrad Water and Larica Investment Sierra Leone, Ladi Williams, said they have provided state of the art equipments for the Lunsar water treatment plant in a bid to provide clean water for the nation.
He said the equipment is computerized and made of high quality materials that ensure the provision of safe drinking water.
He added that Sotrad Water and Larica Investment Sierra Leone offers a variety of water treatment products which include box unit, pump and drink unit, mobile unit, automatic unit and water treatment plant.
According to residents of Lunsar, water has been major problem for them and they hope that with the construction of a water treatment plant and its distribution network it will help to address their suffering for water because water is life.
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