Another reason for the poor supply of water in the country is due to negative the activities of people in some of the water catchment areas such as the destruction of water facilities like pipes, pumps to name but few But however, this year World Water Day is a wakeup call for the government to reach the estimated 2.36 million of Sierra Leoneans who cannot access clean and safe drinking water.
The theme for this year celebration is “water and job have the power to transform people’s lives”
Delivering the key note address in this year World Water Day held on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 in Bo Town, the Minister of Water Resources Momodu Maligie explained that, this year commemoration is focusing on how quantity and quality water can change the lives of workers and even transform societies and economies.
The Minister also explained about the important of water which he said is central to human survival, and can also provide decent work with income for broader social and economic advancement.
The. Guma valley Water Company and SALWACO are the two government entities charge with the responsibilities to provide water in the country.
Speaking on behalf of Guma Valley Water Company, the General Manager Bankole Mansaray said Guma Valley is responsible to provide water in the capital city adding that as a company they have been working hard to fulfill their mandate.
Samuel Bangura, Director General of the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) said that, SLWACO is responsible for the distribution of water in the entire country except for Freetown which is under the purview of GUMA Valley stating that SLWACO also assist Local Councils in planning, building operating and maintaining water system.
The presence of adequate water supply will help to provide decent jobs for young people and also improve productivity, but lack of water is equally expensive and also a major threat to job creation the more reason government is reminding all Sierra Leoneans that socio- economic development is heavily dependent on sustainable management of the country natural resources.