As part of its commitment to environmental and social responsibility in the Mt. Coffee affected communities, the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Rehabilitation Project has identified the provision of clean and safe drinking water as a critical priority for citizens living in the area of the project. The need for drinking water was identified based on surveys, studies and assessments conducted by the Environmental and Social Safeguards unit of the MCHPP Project Implementation Unit.
Fourteen (14) communities stand to benefit from the construction of a minimum of 15 new wells and hand pumps, and rehabilitation of 5 existing wells and hand pumps. The target communities include Raymond Camp, Zakama Field, Weaduo, Varney Town, James Mulbah Town, Benben Town, Markai, Gbandi, Gbally Village, Sumo Village, Wonekai, Voinjamai, Buzzi Quarters and Sarah Town.
The project is expected to last for a period of eight (8) months, beginning August 2016, and has been divided into two phases. Since the project is beginning during the rainy season, Phase One will comprise constitution of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) Committees in each of the communities, launch of WASH training, and rehabilitation of existing non-functional wells and hand pumps. Phase two, which is the implementation of the actual well construction works, is expected to last for 3 months starting in October, to be followed by an operation and maintenance phase. Under the operations and maintenance phase of the project, the contractor will train members of the WASH Committee who will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the hand pumps.
The MCHPP WASH and Wells Contract has been awarded to the Liberian-based Liberians United for Rescue Action (LURA), and is being supported with funding provided by the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the U.S. Government, KfW Development Bank, Government of Norway, and European Investment Bank, and implemented through the Mt. Coffee Hydro Project Implementation Unit.