By SALWACO COMMUNICATIONS UNIT
Few weeks ago, the Management of the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) led by the Managing Director, Mr. Joseph Munda Sandi officially signed an agreement contract for the Bonthe Water Treatment plants in the presence of the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mr. Jacob Jusu Saffa, the deputy Speaker of the House of Parliament Mr. Sengepoh Thomas and a host of stakeholders and contractors.
The project funded by the government of Sierra Leone has now been handed over to the contractors for construction.
It is expected that within two weeks the contractors would have mobilized all materials and be in readiness for the commencement of the work.
The SALWACO Management together with the Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa and the Director General of the Sierra Leone Roads Authority, Mr. Amara Kanneh on 6th June, 2020 participated in a symbolic signing of contract for the reconstruction and construction of the water treatment plants.
He said that water sits right in the centre of the agenda of President Bio, adding that during the state address in Parliament, the President made mention of the provision of water not only for the people of Bonthe but for the whole country.
He therefore called on the residents of Bonthe municipality to appreciate the effort of the president including the minister of Finance.
The Bonthe Island Water Treatment project has two components; the DESALINATION component which is TURNING SALT WATER into FRESH and SAFE drinking water and the other component is the¹ reconstruction of the dilapidated degremont facility. The project will also have an office space and accommodation for SALWACO operational staff that will be resident in Bonthe.
The Contractors Sewa and Guangjin Company, a joint venture, will construct the desalination and reconstruction of the new Treatment Plant.
It will be expected that this project will create job opportunities for youths in the municipality.
This project which has now been handed over to the contractors is fully funded by the New Direction government of Sierra Leone.
The Minister was quoted saying that the provision of safe drinking water in every part of Sierra Leone has a direct link to education and good health. Hence, investing in water across the country will reduce future cost in managing health crisis such as cholera and other water related diseases.
The Bonthe Island after forty-five years of no pipe borne water, the Municipality will soon celebrate fresh pipe borne water as part of promise from the New Direction government of President Julius Maada Bio.