The Last Well Responds to Lofa Water Crisis

first_imgLast Well vice president, Doc Lawson, at one of the recently rehabilitated hand pumps. An American charity, The Last Well has robustly responded to the water crisis in Foya and Kolahun districts in Lofa County. The charity response is based on an article published in the April 24 edition of the Daily Observer, under the caption: Foya Kolahun Districts Suffer Acute Water Shortage.”According to Last Well government relations officer, Abdul Koroma, the response of the charity is part of its mandate to ensure that Liberians have access to safe drinking water.Koroma describes the water crisis in the two districts as “appalling, and regrettable for Liberians to go through such suffering.He said as part of the organization’s intervention, The Last Well has dispatched its contractors to Lofa to carry on a robust assessment aimed at addressing the water crisis.According to Koroma, The Last Well’s intervention will not only focus in the two affected districts, but the entire county. He said the organization will construct 116 new hand pumps, and also rehabilitate 161 others.As part of the intervention, The Last Well will also distribute 5,500 water filter buckets in the county.The charity has meanwhile called on other partners operating in the county to assist the residents the two districts.“The Last Well will continue responding to the needs of Liberians by providing safe drinking water. The two districts are said to be densely populated, and the water crisis started in March,” Koroma said.According to reports, residents in the two affected districts have to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to fetch water from distant places, including Kolba City, which is one of the worst areas hit by the water shortage.It is reported that the town does not have a hand pumps, thus making it extremely difficult for residents to have access to safe drinking water.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Site C Construction Schedule for Sept 19 to Oct 2

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has released the construction schedule for the Site C Dam for Sept. 19 to Oct. 2.  From the Dam site, logging crews will begin hauling timber from the site, excavation on the north and south banks will continue and work will continue on roads in the area of the dam.See the full construction schedule below.The following construction activities are scheduled to occur September 19 – October 2:- Advertisement -Dam site area – north (left) bank and south (right) bankThe main civil works contractor will continue to mobilize crews, material and equipment.Logging trucks will be hauling timber from the site.Construction of the worker accommodation lodge will continue, including final landscaping.Security fencing will be installed.Excavation will continue on the north and south banks.Drilling and the installation of geotechnical instrumentation will continue on the south bank.Work will continue on the south bank drainage tunnel.Work will continue on the south bank cofferdam and the approach channel.The placement of riprap may continue along sections of the south bank shore.Aggregate will be crushed on the south bank and work will continue to construct concrete batch plants.Work will continue to construct a storage site for excavated surplus material on the south bank, to the east of the confluence of the Moberly and Peace rivers. A storage site is also being constructed on the north bank of the Peace River, to the west of the temporary Peace River construction bridge.Road maintenance activities will continue as required.Work will continue on the new rail siding on the south bank.Work will continue to construct the Moberly River construction bridge. This will include pile driving.Other work areasWork will commence to construct the viewpoint on the north bank of the Peace River, above the dam site.The main civil works contractor is mobilizing to the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands. Initial work will include surveying and staking.The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s contractor will continue working on 240 Road and Old Fort Road. The construction on Old Fort Road required the pavement to be removed between the bottom of the curve and the access to Myca Pit, resulting in a temporary gravel surface.BC Hydro’s contractor will continue work on 271 Road.Operations will continue in Wuthrich Quarry and trucks will haul material from the quarry to the dam site.Work may begin to construct an access road into Portage Mountain Quarry.Geotechnical investigations and heritage work will continue for the Highway 29 realignment at Cache Creek/Bear Flat.Clearing may be required at Peace Canyon to prepare for switchyard expansion work.Survey work and staking will occur along the transmission line right-of-way between the dam site and Peace Canyon. Some clearing may be required.Upgrade work may begin on existing access roads that connect to the transmission line right-of-way. Work will include clearing.Please note that all activities listed in this construction bulletin are based on the latest information in our construction plan and are subject to change.Advertisement What to ExpectWhile this work takes place, local residents can expect the following:There will be truck traffic on public roads as construction crews mobilize and the hauling of rock and timber continues. This will include increased industrial traffic on resource roads and public roads from Chetwynd leading to thesite on the south bank.Some noise and vibration will result from the periodic blasting that is occurring in Wuthrich Quarry. Material hauling may occur at night.Some noise may result when access road construction begins in the vicinity of Portage Mountain Quarry.Some noise will occur in the vicinity of the dam site and along public roads as a result of the scheduled construction activities, including pile driving for the Moberly River construction bridge.Some noise will occur in and around the transmission line right-of-way as a result of clearing and access road upgrades. There may be minor traffic delays while upgrades are completed on the access roads.Early morning and night shifts may be scheduled, as well as shifts on the weekends.For boater and worker safety, boats will need to stay clear of active in-river work areas. These areas are clearly identified with signage and markings.There will be minor traffic delays while upgrades are completed on 240 Road, Old Fort Road and 271 Road.Note: In BC Hydro’s technical documents, the north bank may be referred to as the left bank and the south bank may be referred to as the right bank.last_img read more