EU Contributes 2.5m Euros To Water Project In Liberia
MONROVIA, July 31 2015 (LINA) -The European Union (EU) has contributed 2.5 million Euros of the total value of 3.3 million Euros under its Water Facility Project to sanitation and hygiene projects.
The funds will support water and sanitation projects in several communities, including West Point, Cow Factory and Zondo Town.
An EU release issued Wednesday said the contribution was in support of the Liberian Government’s WASH Strategic Sector Plan 2013-2017 intended to contribute to the reduction of mortality related to poor sanitation and hygiene.
The EU is funding the construction of communal latrines with an Onsite Waste Water Treatment System (OTS) with local Liberians being trained in the construction of 25 units in the beneficiary communities.
The release said the construction of the OTS includes walls, pipes and some filter material like gravel, noting that no electrical pumps, aerators and agitators, among others, are required.
It also revealed that the second type of facility provided by EU funds in the communities is a tiger worm toilet that uses the « African Night Crawler » worm, native to West Africa, which digests feces, breaking it down into compost.
Meanwhile, EU Ambassador in Liberia, Ms Tiina Intelmann, and her colleagues as well as the EU’s contractual partner Oxfam and their team, have visited several EU-funded sanitation and hygiene sites.
The sites are located in West Point, Cow Factory and Zondo Town.
The last part of the EU Ambassador’s visit was to Cow Factory and Zondo Town, where she saw completed facilities, and discussed the benefits of having these facilities in these communities.
« The EU expects that these facilities are used responsibly by the communities with the help of local management teams. There is no impediment for their sustainable use. We make this donation for Liberians to enjoy a more healthy life. Personal hygiene is of crucial importance, especially in post-Ebola circumstances, » the release concluded.