27th April 2017
African Bank Provides Water for Five Districts in Sierra Leone
By Press Release (23/02/17)
The availability of safe drinking water is precisely what the African Development Bank is implementing in Sierra Leone.
Access to safe drinking water poses a major challenge in many parts of the country. This is gradually changing with the construction and rehabilitation of boreholes in five districts under the President’s Recovery Priorities drive to provide water to people throughout the country. (Water Resources Minister Momodu Maligi).
Approximately 11,400 people living in vulnerable communities in Kambia, Kono, Pujehun, Bonthe and Koinadugu, are now benefiting from the rehabilitation and construction of 57 boreholes.
Reports have confirmed that this work is the beginning of a greater push to provide safe drinking water to over 700,000 people in the districts.
Kambia District Chairman, Samuel Sankoh described the boreholes: “A huge relief for the beneficiary communities. Our people normally fetch water from highly polluted streams and unprotected water wells. The provision of safe water through these boreholes will help stem the outbreaks of water borne diseases in Kambia district.”
District Councils have selected beneficiary communities based on vulnerability assessments such as having the least access to safe drinking water. To ensure sustainability and ownership, water, sanitation and hygiene committees are being established.
All in all, by June 2017, a total of 125 boreholes will be constructed across the five districts. Eighty of these will be manually operated while the remaining 45 will be solar powered. The project is funded by the African Development Bank.
Courtesy: President Delivery Team