This Act continues in existence the Guma Valley Water Company, defines its functions and powers and provides with respect to its administration and operations. The Company shall be governed by a Board, which may make Regulations as are necessary for the implementation of this Act. The Company shall produce, distribute and conserve water within the limits of supply and other areas as may be determined by the National Commission for Privatization. The Company shall provide, in its mains, a supply of sufficient water for the domestic purposes of its consumers and in compliance with the water quality standards prescribed by the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau. It shall carry out waterworks and perform other duties as specified. It may, by agreement or compulsorily, aquire land. The limits of supply by the Company shall be the area delineated as the “Limits of supply of the Guma Valley Water Company” and set out in the Third Schedule.The Act also defines offences relative to use of water, damaging the environment of catchment areas and the pollution of water.
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The British set up a trading post near present-day Freetown in the 17th century. Originally the trade involved timber and ivory, but later it expanded into slaves. Following the American Revolution, a colony was established in 1787 and Sierra Leone became a destination for resettling black loyalists who had originally been resettled in Nova Scotia. After the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, British crews delivered thousands of Africans liberated from illegal slave ships to Sierra Leone, particularly Freetown.