The Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission (SLEWRC), is set to sensitize and regulate public utilities particularly water and electricity in order to ensure the provisions of standard and quality water and electricity supply to Sierra Leoneans across the country.
This disclosure was made in Freetown on Friday February 12, 2016 by the Public Relation Officer (PRO), of SLEWRC, Madam Ngozi Obi Sesay.
She disclosed that the first target for the commission is to engage owners of packet water producing factories which is why they would be holding a sensitization workshop with them on Wednesday February 17, 2016 to create a link between them and the commission.
“Our mandate is not just limited to the regulations of public utilities, it also involved the regulations of entities such as SALWACO, Guma Valley water Company, EDSA, EGTC Independent Power Producers and everything concerning the production of safe and hygienic drinking water and electricity supply,” she stated.
She explained that during the workshop the Commission will educate water factories owners about the quality of water they want to be sold to the wider public and would also share their roles to them.
The commission, she noted is encouraging packet water producing factories to register their businesses with the commission by obtaining licenses in order to be “legally recognized”.
She noted that all factories producing packet drinking water shall be scrutinized and inspected to meet the standard of pure and hygienic drinking.
“All water factories should prepare themselves for inspections including those reported to have been certified by Standard Bureau. And any factory which fails standard test would not be allowed to operate” Madam Sesay warned.
She pointed out the inspection planned by the commission is in the interest of the public to ensure the safety of the country’s citizens.
She stressed that the factories should go through standard test to avoid any possible outbreak of water born diseases, adding that which is why they are holding talks with the producers.
It could be recalled that in October 2014 SLEWRC got parliamentary approval that the Sierra Leone Electricity Regulatory Commission should provide supervisions and monitoring to all public utilities.
“Factories should treat packet waters with utmost care and must produce hygienically treated water free from germs for the consumption of the public” she concluded.