DG: PURA invests D1.5M over Water Resources MoU in 10 years

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Over the past ten years, PURA has invested over D1.5 million on its obligations under the MoU,” said Director General Ansumana Sanneh of Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).

Mr. Sanneh was speaking on Wednesday while handing over reagents and equipment to the Department of Water Resources.

 The equipment which was handed over at the PURA head office included: chemical reagents at a cost of over D250, 000; eight executive chairs and a brand new printer with cartridges to last over one year. The donation forms part of the MoU between the two institutions.

The donation was meant for the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) Abuko lab to carry out independent water quality sampling and analysis for PURA.

Mr. Sanneh said that the PURA Act 2001 mandates PURA to regulate public services which includes telecommunications, electricity, petroleum, water and sewage services.

He stated that since 2009, the DWR has consistently collected samples from 85 points and tested them in line with the WHO standards.

Bamba Banja, permanent secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources and National Assembly Matters said that water is a very important natural resource.

“Water that meets the requirements in terms of health and safety is what is required and it is our collective responsibility to be able to achieve a common goal since the DWR cannot do it all.”

He informed the gathering that they have already prepared a new bill and by 2019 this bill will go through the normal processes. Hopefully, he added, they will have the Water Act in 2019. He explained that through this act, one would need to have clearance in order to dig a borehole and also the purpose of the borehole must be outlined before digging it. 

Lamin Mai Touray, the director of Water Resources, said that one of their co-functions is to ensure that nations’ quality of water is saved for use, thereby safeguarding both public and environmental health.

“This donated equipment will go a long way in helping the department to carry out its functions in ensuring the water is saved for consumption.

 Mr. Nani Juwara, deputy director of NAWEC, said Nawec has significantly benefited from the lab since the signing of the MoU.

He said they don’t compromise with quality because as service providers, quality is key. He added that even there is an outcry of water, it is better to not to supply than supplying poor quality water that can cause health hazard to the people.

“NAWEC is committed to serve people with quality water,” he said.

Author: Fatou B. Cham