Ghana Water To Open Taps This Weekend

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Customers of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) in the Greater Accra Region, who have had to endure the discomfort of not having their taps flowing for some time now, will this weekend have clean pipe borne water for both domestic and commercial use.

It is hoped that by the close of this week, water distressed areas, such as Adenta, Madina, Kwabenya, Ashongman, North, East, and West Legon, Ashaley Botwe, Haatso, Boi, Asofaa, Dome, Teshie, Nungua, Burma Camp, La, Labone water supply will have improved.

This assurance was given in a statement issued by the company, yesterday. It mentioned a major fault on a huge valve on its 36-inch transmission pipeline that links Weija Treatment Plant to Accra.

In the past two months, customers in the western and central parts of Accra, have had their water supply interrupted and as a result, have had to endure the difficulty of searching for water.

According to the Chief Manager, Michael Agyeman, GWCL has already taken delivery of an emergency airlift of pipe joints that was required to undertake repair work on the faulty valve that had disrupted free water flow from the Weija Treatment Plant to Accra.

“Management wishes to let the public know that the repair work will start early tomorrow, Friday 13th December 2013 and the expectation is that the fault will be rectified to bring the water interruptions to an end by the weekend”, the statement said.

GWCL is faced with several constraints in its operations within the metropolis, the most serious of which being the rather huge demand-supply gap in water supply delivery.

Presently, the demand of about 150 million gallons a day in the Accra-Tema metropolis far exceeds the current supply of 93 million gallons a day resulting in water interruptions in many areas within the metropolis.

As a result of the huge demand-supply gap, management Mr. Agyeman said has had to resort to the option of water supply rationing in the metropolis.

Also, as part of government’s commitment to improve the water supply situation in the country, management is taking various collaborative steps to improve the situation.

The statement said that the rationing programme has been reviewed to ensure equity and allow some water to reach most consumers. The statement assured the general public that government is committed towards supplying potable water to both urban and peri-urban communities.

“In line with this commitment, Ghana Water Company Limited is undertaking major expansion and rehabilitation works on a number of urban water supply systems throughout the country”, Mr. Agyeman said.

He explained that these projects were at an advanced stage of completion with the flagship one being undertaken at Kpong to produce 40 million gallons of water a day, when completed by the end of 2014.

The statement also mentioned other on-going works meant to improve the water supply situation in Accra-Tema Metropolis including, the ATMA Rurals Water Rehabilitation and Expansion, Kpong Intake Rehabilitation and the Teshie Desalination Project.

Management of GWCL is, therefore, hopeful that on completion of these rehabilitation and expansion projects, next year, Accra-Tema Metropolis will enjoy better and enhanced water supply delivery.

The statement concluded by pleading and apologizing to the affected customers and assured them that the situation will soon improve.

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