||2017 Freetown Dry Season Water Supply Backup Plan
The scope of works proposed is both realistic and ambitious, because it needs to address all aspects of water scarcity management. Our strategy is fourfold:
- Prepare interventions well in advance, so new water sources will come online ahead of the 2017 dry season.
- Maximise the collective efforts of donors and implementing partners through well-targeted interventions and close collaboration.
- Maintaining a flexible approach so we can assess the impacts of our work and make necessary adjustments to try to ensure demand-supply balance.
- Communicate extensively with the people of Freetown, so they are well informed as to the impacts of the contingency plan and mitigation measures.
All of these actions will be underpinned by a robust communication campaign to raise awareness among the wider public.
- Construction of 20 new boreholes and 20 rehabilitated boreholes/ protected wells;
- Tankering from three water sources to areas unserved by the existing network;
- Construction of four industrial-sized boreholes to service the Babadori reservoir and Brookfields;
- Construction of two solar powered boreholes at Mayekene and Baoma;
- Construction of two solar powered boreholes at Peacock Farm
- A comprehensive Rationing Plan including contingencies and triggers for various degrees of water scarcity;
- Repairing and monitoring the network in especially high risk areas to prevent created leaks;
- Potential fast-tracking of the GVWC institutional strengthening program to capitalize on dry season communication efforts and maximize customer registration
- Ministry of Water Resources
- Guma Valley Water Company
- Public-Private Partnership Unit
- Ministry of Finance & Economic Development
- Strategic Policy Unit – State House
- Environment Protection Agency
- Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources
||Still pending kick off
This Backup Plan will be implemented immediately beginning November 2016, through the end of January/ early February 2017. GVWC and our other implementing partners have submitted high-level and detailed activity plans demonstrating that the full set of initiatives are realistic and achievable within the specified timeframe. The most critical and time sensitive activities include securing funding by end of October, and the tendering process for contractors. Another potential limitation is the availability of contractor capacity to absorb each of the proposed initiatives. To mitigate this and other potential timeline risks, GVWC and the MWR will be convening weekly working group meetings with key stakeholders as relevant, to ensure all actions are progressing swiftly towards the January/ early February 2017 implementation deadline. This will thus ensure adequate preparation has been made and the interventions are in place to operationalize all elements of the Backup Plan for the duration of the entire dry season, December 2016 to May 2017. See Annex II for a high-level implementation activity plan and timeline.
||Awaiting funding from Ministry of Finance & Economic Development
- Delay in securing funding for execution of the project
- Inability of the contractor to execute the project on time and within scope
||1- 5 months