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In Sierra Leone, FBC Principal determined to solve Water Crisis
By Momoja Lappia
May 6, 2010, 17:04
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The principal of Fourah Bay College, Professor Thomas B. R. Yormah is presently engaged in mapping out strategies for a possible solution to the persistent water scarcity affecting the college, the Awareness Times has reliably learnt.

According to our college sources, the foresighted principal on Tuesday 4th May, 2010 took a conducted tour of the colleges water facilities which consists of campus dam, the pumping station including the main pipes and other natural water sources.

As an outcome of his findings, Professor Yormah informed the Awareness Times that quite apart from depreciation, the existing facilities are no longer tenable to meet the growing demand of the college population. The dams which he said were built during the colonial days now have leakages, adding that the water system by then targeted about 500 people-students and staff inclusive.

"But with over 5,000 consumers today the facility is over stretched," the professor said, adding that such scramble for water often creates tension thereby causes misunderstandings between the administration and students. Furthermore, the principal blamed the act of encroachment by neighboring community people that has caused deforestation hence depleting water supply.

To address this excruciating problem, Professor Yormah revealed that feasibility studies have already been completed for building a mini-dam and reservoir at the Botanical Stream. "And that to deter encroachers, there are plans of completely fencing the college campus."

Prof. Yormah also said harvesting rain-water would be of vital importance in addressing the water scarcity. He stressed that since water is an expensive product, consumers ought to be sensitized about its management. "Pumping water from Havelock Grounds to FBC campus costs a lot of manpower and fuel. So for it to be wasted is too counter productive", he cautioned.


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