Hon. Harriett Baldwin visits UK Aid-funded Water Infrastructure Programme in Freetown

Thursday 07 June 2018

On Thursday 31 May 2018, the Rehabilitation of the Freetown Water Infrastructure Programme received a visit from Hon. Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development (DFID).

The main goal of this DFID-funded programme is to improve water supply for approximately 600,000 residents in the east of the Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown.

The water supply to Freetown is in a critical condition and it mainly relies on a single source, the Guma Dam, which was built in the early 1960s and supplies half of the city’s theoretical demand.

The implementing team, which is working on behalf of the Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC), is led by IMC Worldwide and includes Atkins Acuity and Bam Nuttall. We take overall responsibility for detailed design and engineering, procurement and construction, including contract and construction management of the works.

Watch the video below to learn more about the programme.

Interventions include rehabilitating the water treatment works to reduce leakage, upgrading treatment facilities, improving pressure management in the network, installing new pipelines and reservoirs and rehabilitating existing ones. This will expand access to water for Freetown residents and improve its quality.

We will also transfer skills to the water utility operators in project and construction management, engineering design, environment and resettlement and stakeholders management, to ensure the sustainability of the programme and its achievements.

Minister Baldwin was accompanied by officials from DFID and the British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone Guy Warrington, alongside Guma Valley Water Company Managing Director Mr Bankie Mansaray and project staff from IMC Worldwide and Bam Nuttall.

Hon. Baldwin took stock of the programme’s initial achievements, such as the repair of leakages at Guma Dam Scour Tunnel, which was implemented in May 2018, and reduced water daily losses by 2000m³ per day (learn more in this article).

Hon. Baldwin was pleased with the repairs, which not only increased the amount of water that is stored in the reservoir, but also resulted in financial savings.

‘We are excited and proud to be part of this legacy programme that will improve the lives of the residents of Freetown by ensuring that there is increased sustainable access to safe drinking water in Freetown.’

– Jarrett Boltman, IMC Programme Manager

Cover photo: left to right, back to front: Denzel Jackson, GM at GVWC, Jarrett Boltman, Programme Manager, IMC Worldwide, Ibrahim Bah, Project Manager, GVWC, Ben Goodman, Construction Manager, BAM, Guy Warrington, British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Angela Spilsbury, Deputy Head of Office, DFID Sierra Leone, Patrick Senesie, Programme Manager, DFID, Simon Kenny, Senior Infrastructure Adviser  DFID, Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at DFID, Bankie Mansaray, MD, GVWC. 

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