|PROJECTNAME||REHABILITATION/EXPANSION OF HASTINGS GRAVITY WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM|
|ACCOMPLISHMENTS||Still pending approval from relevant MDAs|
The government of Sierra Leone is poised to improve access to safe water supply in rural, urban and peri-urban communities in response to closing the gap between the population with and without access to safe drinking water. In this regard, the Sierra Leone Water Company embarked on a feasibility study for the reconstruction of pipe borne Water Supply Systems in small and medium towns like the Hastings Community.
Hastings is located along the peninsula, gained it name during the colonial era; the community was significant during the first and second world wars because of its airfield. Many of the people make a living working as civil servants, traders, farmers, police officers and teachers; others are stone miners, woodcutters and coal producers. In Hastings there is great ethnical and religious acceptance, majority of the people living at Hastings are from Creole, Limba, Temne, Loko, Mende, Fullah and Madingo. The population of Hastings is estimated at 15,054 projected from 2004 population and housing census. On the 11th of May 1941, the British colonial power constructed a weir at the hills of Hasting, a water supply project meant to supply water to the barracks and airfield. The system is still supplying water to Hastings and the newly developed communities along the peninsula. There is huge reduction in the quantity of water supplied by this weir, as a result of increase in the population of these communities. The availability of water from this source is huge, but the impounding dam is small to accommodate the high demand from increase in population.
Communities rely on water from streams and wells most of which are unprotected and usually dry up in the dry season. Population and other social activities have grown against the inadequacy of safe drinking water supply. Signs of potential rapid rise in social and economic activities are seen and it is believed that with the improvement of Water Supply, this potential can be enhanced.
|PROJECTSTATUS||Under review by relevant MDAs|