Firestone Liberia Constructs More Hand Pumps
HARBEL, Liberia, West Africa (Oct. 5, 2006)- In its ongoing bid to improve the water and sanitary conditions of its employees and their families, Firestone Liberia has embarked on the construction of additional hand pumps within the concession area.
According to the Superintendent of Water and Sanitation George Dickson, several areas of Firestone have already benefited from the first phase of the project, while under phase two, hand pumps are currently being constructed in Divisions 4, 10 (school campus), 24 (old camp), 26, 27, 31 as well as 45 Camps I and II respectively. He stated that the process of identifying areas for the construction of additional hand pumps in Camp III is currently ongoing, with the view of providing constant safe drinking water to employees and their families.
Dickson also disclosed that the hand pump at Division 11 nursery and the Pump House in Hydro Camp are nearing completion. He indicated that when completed, the Pump House will supply residents of the area, especially those of the OS units in Hydro Camp.
Dickson further stated that the reservoir at Duside, which was affected by the long years of civil war, is now fully operational and supplies water to Firestone’s Duside Hospital and nearby areas.
According to Dickson, a hand pump and submersible pump are currently serving nurses and estates superintendents who reside in Duside Village. These facilities were damaged during the course of the war, but have been rehabilitated to meet the water and sanitary needs of employees and their dependents.
Meanwhile, Firestone Liberia is urging employees and their dependents to clean their surroundings so as to create a healthy and hygienic environment. The company said this should include and not be limited to the proper disposal of garbage at the rightful sites and protecting water facilities at all times, which have been vandalized or stolen by unknown individuals roaming the concession area.