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Gambia: ‘Nawec Water Sector Needs Proper Investment’

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The managing director of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), Nani Juwara has stated that the only way to solve the problem of water in the country is to put more focus in terms of the investment it requires.

Mr. Juwara during an exclusive interview with The Point said: “The issue of water is just like that of electricity. Once the population and communities are growing, we also face with challenges to increase the production capacity of our facilities. We have been connecting more people to the same supply that is now available.”

He added that because of these problems some areas have to go for hours and days without water supply, adding that after the change of government, they were able to secure some funding from their traditional partner (World Bank, French Development Agency and now the Organisation of Islamic Conference) to improve the water supply in the country especially within the Greater Banjul Area.

“We are aware that people are going through some challenges to access regular supply of water. This, we understand is affecting a number of communities within the Greater Banjul Area. But with the support from the Indian Water Project, we are expected to increase the production capacity by adding about 10 new boreholes in the GBA.”

He indicated they have also built a new reserve water tank with a capacity of about 1 million liters at the Sukuta Water Treatment Plant, noting that the water that would pump from the 10 new boreholes now come to the Sukuta Water Treatment Plant to help solve some of the major challenges faced in the areas of Kanifing, Fajara, Bundung, Nema and Tabokoto amongst others.