first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) Tuesday took delivery of three de-slugging sewer trucks, valued at US$700,000 from two major international donor agencies.The donors are the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Speaking during the presentation at the LWSC head office in Monrovia, Managing Director Charles B. Allen Jr. said it is the recommencement of the waste disposal process in the country.Director Allen also pointed out that such a timely donation by the two major development partners is what he considered a down payment that would bring significant improvement in the critical areas of sanitation and hygiene in Monrovia.He disclosed that the three de-slugging trucks will also help the LWSC to dispose waste in Harbel, Kakata, Gbarnga and even Voinjama.He cautioned Liberians, LWSC senior staff and employees that the donors have done their part and it is now left with us to make maximum use of the trucks.He assured the donors that the LWSC would live up to the challenge of delivering professional services that would bring improved health, sanitation and hygiene to all Liberians.Earlier, Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, Frankie N. Cassell, thanked UNICEF and USAID for the timely donation of the slugging vehicles that would significantly improve the collection and disposal of waste produced in the country.He assured the donors and the City Corporation of Monrovia that the impact of the de-slugging trucks would be felt soon in Monrovia.In his statement, UNICEF-Country Representative, Mr. Sheldon Yett, thanked the United States through USAID for the dynamic partnership that has translated into great accomplishments at LWSC over the years.Representative Yett also intimated that UNICEF’s work in Liberia has been focused on partnership with the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), LWSC and other critical partners in the non-governmental sector, directly involved in water, sanitation and hygiene.He further indicated that sewer and waste disposal issues are not only important topics of discussions in any society, but they are important endeavors for the improvement of water and sanitation.Mr. Yett also disclosed that every year, too many children die of preventable diseases globally, and in Liberia 12% of children die as a result diarrhea.“The presentation of these de-slugging trucks to the LWSC management will go a long way in meeting those challenges of in Liberia,” Rep. Yett asserted.“We are happy that monitoring is going on in Liberia that is aimed at preventing childhood diseases,” Rep. Yett averred.He also assured the LWSC and other partners that UNICEF will continue the partnership and work with the Liberian government for the effective use and maintenance of the trucks.For his part, Mr. Albert Reihert of USAID and an advisor on US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), said the American people are happy that LWSC was receiving the de-slugging sewer trucks that would safely transport waste to designated areas in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles’ efforts to buy more “green” power got a boost Friday as officials approved two contracts to purchase electricity generated by hydroelectric, biomass and wind farms in the Pacific Northwest. The contracts with Powerex Corp. will increase the Department of Water and Power’s green power purchases by 2percent and bring the total amount of power generated by renewable sources to 8percent. The DWP is scrambling to find alternative energy sources to meet a mandate from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that 20percent of the city’s electricity be generated by environmentally friendly sources by 2010. “This is a great example of the mayor, the City Council and labor working together to make Los Angeles the greenest big city in America,” the Mayor’s Office said in a statement. The Powerex deals will provide electricity generated by hydroelectric plants, wind farms and landfill gas in the Pacific Northwest. The electricity will be delivered to Los Angeles via transmission lines that the DWP owns. The contracts had been stalled for months amid grievances and complaints by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, which represents DWP employees. The union was concerned the utility was buying power rather than developing its own reliable sources of green power staffed by DWP employees. The DWP and the union reached a settlement earlier this month under which the IBEW dropped its grievances in exchange for the utility setting a schedule to develop green-power facilities and pursue re-starting natural-gas generating stations in Los Angeles. “The agency is utilizing power purchase agreements such as this as a bridge to increasing our supply of renewable energy in the short term, while pursuing plans to build renewable power generation for ownership over the long term,” Board of Water and Power Commissioners President David Nahai said. The Powerex contracts will provide electricity for about 70,000 homes a year. The agreement takes effect April1 and will cost up to $39million a year. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more