Guma celebrates 57 years of quality servises

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*On this day, 14th April 1961, an Ordinance was signed into law by Governor Sir Maurice Dorman representing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.*

*The ordinance established a Company called Guma Valley Water Company to supply portable water from Sussex to Allen Town for a population of about 100,000 then in Freetown*

GVWC means – Guma Valley Water Company

*Despite the numerous challenges ranging from aged infrastructure, rapid population growth, no subvention from Government, Low tariff (Le 2.50c per litre of water), Encroachment, Land Grabbing and Deforestation of the catchment areas thereby exposing the water sources to direct sunlight resulting in them drying up rapidly; present management of Guma is still managing to run the facility at 80% output 57 years down the line.*

*To augment water supply to Freetown, Guma have been making use of the Kongo Dam and Sugar Loaf weir at Regent which supplies water to Regent, Leicester, Gloucester, parts of Hill Station, Kamayama, etc; Charlotte weir supplies water to Allen Town; Cemetery Blue weir supplies water to parts of Wellington on to Grass Field in Kissy; White Water weir supplies water to part of Leicester Road, Barham Road, Berry Street, Allen Street, Upper reaches of Mountain Cut on to Will Street (Mount Aureol Terrace).*

*As I write, all these water sources have dried up due to man’s activities – land grabbing, deforestation, etc; leaving residents living in the aforementioned areas with no water supply from Guma.*

*However, the Guma Dam which supplies about 95% of Freetown’s water need is relatively okay because of Management’s strict rationing policy being implemented over the years*

*And so, to ensure that Freetown do not run out of water supply before the coming of the rains; management shall continue with its rationing policy, undertake robust leakage control exercises, and ensure that those areas presently without water are supplied by using bowsers to fill up tanks that have been installed and solar powered boreholes that were drilled in various communities across Freetown a year ago.*

*However, if Government and Guma are to address the perennial issue of water scarcity in Freetown, it is now necessary more than ever to protect and preserve our catchment areas, construct new dams and continue the sensitization campaign on the negative effects of land grabbing and deforestation particularly around the catchment areas.*

*Happy 57th Birthday – Guma Valley Water Company.*

 

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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