Guma Spreads Wings Over Freetown


By Ayodele Deen Cole

The Guma Valley Water Company is extending the trial period of its new supply programme for another two weeks which commenced on Friday, 25th January 2019 with slight changes to the schedules.
The Water Company introduced the new water rationing programme two weeks ago from the desire to equitably distribute water throughout the city by opening and closing certain valves at predetermined times. And during this period, the Guma Water Rationing Management Team have been meeting daily to assess and monitor demand on water supply throughout the city and determining the necessary measures to protect the supply for the days and months ahead.

According to the GVWC management, the first phase of the pilot programme ended successfully as they are satisfied with the feedbacks from the public. A release from the management notes that a key achievement over the course of the two weeks trial period, is that Guma was able to build up enough pressure in the system and supply water to as far as Wellington: thereby making water to reach more people, something that has not happened in more than five years. However, the Company also faced some challenges during this period as some areas like Wilkinson Road and environs, Aberdeen, Murray Town and parts of the Central Area were not receiving adequate supply as they were previously used to. GVWC further noted that the main reason for piloting the new rationing programme was to ensure an improvement in the service delivery capacity of the Company and a satisfied customer base.