Sierra Leone House of Parliament has on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 ratified Water Bill entitled Sierra Leone Water Company Act, 2017 being an Act to provides for the continuance in existence of the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO), to provide for a more efficient and effective management of community and rural water supply systems in specified areas, to provide for the facilitation of water sanitation and delivery in Sierra Leone and to provide for other related matters.
The Minister of Water Resources, Hon. Momodu Maligie in his presentation said the Act is seeking to provide for the continuation in existence of the Sierra Leone Water Company, with the aim of providing for a more efficient and effective management of community and rural water supply system in specified areas in the country.
Minister Maligie added that the Act provides for the commercialization of water such as the bulk supply of water and the provision of clean and sustainable water supply to rural communities at a reasonable cost.
He said some of the punishable offences under the Act are the misuse and wastage of water, the alteration of pipes or fittings, trespass on the catchment areas and batting or washing in and around the water works area.
The Water Resources Minister informed that all the institutions that have dealings with water are involved so that they can achieve the objectives of the Act as it will benefit citizens of this country.
The chairman committee on water resources Hon. Sauliho M. Koroma said the bill has gone through many stages and finally they have passed it into law today.
Hon. Sauliho added that the bill will help to make water system reach the people of this country easily for a very low cost.
He disclosed that SLWACO will soon establishe it offices across the country to start it operations as they have done a lot of research to see that people access water easily.
Members of Parliament from both APC and SLPP commended Government for initiating such an Act bordering on the supply of clean water to the people of this country as they described it as an essential commercial proposition.
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