LWSC, CICO Sign US$10.6M Grant Agreement

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and Chicquan Construction Company (CICO) have signed a US$10.6 million Agreement for the rehabilitation of the White Plains water treatment plant, outside Monrovia.According to the Agreement, preparations and mobilization of equipment will take four weeks for the contractor to begin actual work at the water treatment.The US$10.6 million funding for the rehabilitation works was provided by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Africa Water Facility (AWF).Besides, the Agreement covers the complete rehabilitation of the 21km long pipeline from the water treatment plant at White Plains through Red-light Market in Paynesville.At the signing ceremony on Friday, LWSC Managing Director, Charles B. Allen, explained that the funds are on the basis of grants and not loans.Director Allen also disclosed that the water treatment rehabilitation contractor was selected following an international competitive bidding process. The process, he said, was held among 12 bidding companies that were earlier shortlisted.Of that number, he said four bidders were qualified for the third phase of the interviews for the selection of the winner by a committee of highly qualifies Liberians.He also pointed out that after the third phase of the screening process, CICO was qualified, accepted and declared winner of the contract.When fully rehabilitated, the water agency will be able to pump and supply 16 million gallons of water to Monrovia and its environs every day.In a brief statement, CICO Deputy Country Manager, Chan Zetao, assured LWSC and Liberians that his company will live up to the terms and conditions of the contract.He then expressed the hope for future collaboration between CICO and LWSC.In remarks, LWSC Deputy managing director for Technical Services, Frankie Cassell, disclosed that the selection for the water treatment plant rehabilitation contract was carried out on the basis of the AfDB’s competitive bidding guidelines. He also assured the government and partners that CICO will work strictly in conformity with the specifications, drawings and designs as documented in the work plan.Mr. Cassell assured Liberians and partners that the rehabilitation works will be double-monitored and supervised by the hired international engineering firm and personnel from the water agency during the implementation period.He also indicated that the effective, management of the current funds provided by the AfDB and AWF are critical to the securing of additional soft loans from partners and other donor institutions in the future.“You are not going to get additional funding if the current funds provided are mismanaged,” Director Cassell warned.For his part, the project manager for the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project (UWSSP), Gabriel S. Flaboe Sr., said as a result of the transition of different management heads and delays, the water treatment plant rehabilitation did experience some hurdles.The signing of the water treatment plant rehabilitation contract, he said, marks one of the significant points in the history of the LWSC.The UWSSP official pointed out that the current agreement is only intended to rehabilitate the water treatment plant and did not incorporate the expansion phase owing to the present staggering population of Monrovia. Mr. Flaboe however reminded Liberians and partners that the current water treatment plant was designed to meet the water needs of approximately 750,000 residents and customers prior to the civil conflict, but the population of Monrovia has increased approximately to 1.3 million inhabitants.Manager Flaboe then stressed the need for a robust expansion program in anticipation of pipe-borne water demands in the future by the growing population of Monrovia and environs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rivals might meet again

first_img Thomas scored six points and grabbed four rebounds. Her injury is 80 percent healed, Munroe said. “She hadn’t played in a while, so she was a little bit rusty, but she did a really good job for us,” Munroe said. Senior guard Amanda Sreden was effective as her replacement, scoring 11 points and leading the Indians with six assists. “She was a key factor in us winning that game,” Munroe said. That’s crazy: Canyon is among two remaining unseeded teams in the Southern Section playoffs. Long Beach Poly is in the Div. I-AA semifinals. Poly’s unseeded status is controversial. The Jackrabbits, who were ranked nationally most of the season, made the playoffs as a wild card after forfeiting 20 games for use of an ineligible player. If both Canyon and Poly win their semifinal games tonight, both teams would be in the Div. I state bracket, meaning an rare meeting of unseeded teams in the state tournament would be a possibility. “That’s crazy, isn’t it,” Delus said. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – When Hart High played Foothill League rival Canyon in a regular-season finale Feb. 9, the notion that they might meet again anywhere but the mall anytime soon seemed unthinkable. Hart, already the league titlist, trounced Canyon 50-28 in its final playoff tuneup. The Cowboys fell off the Southern Section Div. I-A map after losing three of their last four league games. Now the rematch no longer seems so far fetched. With victories in tonight’s semifinals – Hart (25-4) plays Pasadena (24-7) at Arcadia High and Canyon (22-8) plays J.W. North of Riverside (24-6) at Valencia High – Hart and Canyon would play for a section championship Friday or Saturday at Long Beach State’s Pyramid. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Hart, the Daily News’ top-ranked team, is a No. 4 seed and has won 13 consecutive games. The Indians are coming off a 69-56 victory Saturday over No. 5 Perris that coach Dave Munroe said was his team’s best-played game. Buoyed by a stunning first-round upset over No. 2 Buena – its first playoff victory in school history – unseeded Canyon, ranked No. 4 by the Daily News, is coming off impressive wins over West Valley of Hemet and Marina of Huntington Beach. “I really didn’t think we were going to see each other again, especially not in the finals,” Canyon coach Stan Delus said. “We weren’t playing well enough at the time to compete in the playoffs.” Canyon, officially the home team tonight – all semifinals are played at neutral sites – appears to have the better draw. Hart plays a Pasadena team that has beaten J.W. North (48-41 on Dec. 26) and lost to Southern Section power Bishop Amat of La Puente by just two points (33-31 on Dec. 17). Comeback kid: Junior forward Tatianna Thomas, who suffered a ankle sprain three weeks ago, saw significant minutes in a non-starting role against Perris. last_img read more