It’s Showtime: ASPAC International Commences Project in Sierra LeoneMar 9, 2020 16:13:30
It’s Showtime: ASPAC International Commences Project in Sierra Leone
The Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit (MCCU) in collaboration with Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC) on Thursday February 20, 2020 launched the District Metering Area and Water Kiosk Demonstration Pilots projects to be carried out by ASPAC International at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The launching was well attended by the Minister of Water Resources – Mr. Philip Karimu Lansana, the Deputy Minister of Water Resources – Mrs. Nimatulai Bah-Chang, Members of Parliament representing Aberdeen (Constituency 131) and Kingtom (Constituency 125) communities – Mohammed Sheriff Rahman Coker and Alusine Alu-Kainde Conteh, Adams Smiths International (ASI), other public officials, community members and representatives of ASPAC International, among others.
Within the scope of work, the Pipe Rehabilitation project would involve the procurement plus laying of about 2km network pipes, customer connections and installation of about 2,000 customer meters, 5 bulk meters enclosed with valve chambers and construction of air valve chambers. Also, the Kiosk Construction and Installation involves the construction and installation of nine water kiosks from where people within the community that are under-served by the pipe network can go and purchase water. Each kiosk shall be installed with filter units, 10,000 liters water tanks and connected to the water distribution network.
The project which is one of the key activities under the threshold project at MCCU would be carried out by ASPAC International with implementation by Guma Valley and funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation - MCC and administered by MCCU.
For several years, many households in Freetown have not been able to gain access to portable water and the town runs on a collective water deficit of over 40,000 cubic meters. These challenges are highly believed to exist due to the weak water distribution network with limited coverage within the communities which ASPAC International aims to completely address before the end of the year.