By Staff Writer
On July 28, 2014, The New Republic reported that according to the Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation, “… there are 11, 000 customers but out of the total number [sic] only 6, 000 are duly registered and have paid for their sewer service charge while the rest continue to engage into illegal activities. Mr. Allen added that the institution is making frantic effort to stabilize the operation of water and sewer services and they are going to focus on the customers' data base.” Was it “sewer service charge” or drinking water supply charge? The paper or the Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) did not elaborate.
But how did the so-called water thieves or illegal customers get connected? Based on the investigation conducted by a staff of The Perspective in Monrovia, most of the residents affected say that this is a criminal act on the part of the government to expose them to the Ebola plague. Those interviewed claim that they registered and were connected by the LWSC months ago. They also paid for their respective meters, but up to the time of disconnection, LWSC had not installed their meters neither had the corporation sent them their respective bills. So they were shocked by the disconnection exercise. This seems a gimmick to expose them to the Ebola virus.
Here in Liberia, you get connected by registering with the LWSC, paying for the materials including pipes, fittings, meter and installation fees. After that, the LWSC technicians will come and install your connection. “So why will you wait for the Ebola to send us bills and on the same day disconnect us?”, asked one respondent.
"It can be recalled that despite President Sirleaf’s colossal failure in meeting the safe drinking water needs of the Liberian people, few years ago, she gave the international community the impression that 60% of the Liberian population had safe drinking water. As usual, the international community gave her all the accolades, including awards. But the president deceived the international community just to increase the number of trophies hanging in her living room because she is a ruler who believes in self-aggrandizements and not the wellbeing of the Liberian people," stated another respondent.
Most of the buildings in the city don’t have indoor bathrooms and most of those with indoor bathrooms do not have running water. So most residents urinate anywhere. Alternatively, some put their human wastes in plastic bags and volley them anywhere within their neighborhoods. These fecal contaminants could be from Ebola patients. Bodies of Ebola victims are all over the place, and in some cases, floating on streams that people downstream fetch as drinking water.
This is why it make sense for President Sirleaf and her cronies to reconnect the so-called LWSC illegal customers they recently disconnected, and workout some payment schedules.