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The project targets three major provincial cities: Bo, Kenema and Makeni. The water supply and sanitation schemes in these cities were built in the 1960s. The country’s civil war (1991-2002), coupled with population growth, led to severely dilapidated infrastructure. The three cities r host over 10% of the country’s population but access to safe drinking water averaged around 5% and there was a high incidence of water borne diseases.
“Fifty schools, four markets, one local court and one hospital benefit from the water project. Children are now comfortably using the toilet as opposed to before when they used stools or ‘rubber chambers’. The toilets built have separate sections for males and females, caretakers, toiletries, towels, and water tanks unlike before,” said Alimamy K. Kargbo, Station Manager at the Sierra Leone Water Company in Bo city.