The management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) will, from Monday 24 to Thursday February 27 2014 shut down the entire Kpong Water Treatment Plant to allow contractors executing the Kpong Intake and ATMA Rurals Rehabilitation and Expansion Projects to undertake critical pipeline interconnections under the projects which are due for completion in the next three months.
For the duration of the shutdown, there will be interruption of water supply to Tema, Ashaiman, Lashibi, Michel Camp, Afienya, Prampram, Ningo, Somanya, Dodowa, Akuapim, Ridge Areas, Adenta, Madina, Ashalley-Botwe, Adjiringano, East Legon, Legon, Ashongman, Kwabenya, Taifa, Dome, Achimota and surrounding areas.
Other areas to be affected include; Abelemkpe, Dzorwulu, Roman Ridge, Airport Residential Area, 37, Kanda, Nima, Maamobi, Pig Farm, Kotobaabi, Kokomlemle, Cantonments, Ridge, Osu, La, Labone, Burma Camp, Teshie, Nungua, Baatsona, Spintex Road and surrounding areas.
To minimise the impact of the water interruption on consumers in these areas, management of GWCL has put in place measures to ensure flow of water from Weija to Accra Terminal Reservoir and Booster Station for supply to some parts of eastern Accra.
In addition, the normal rationing programme in the Accra-Tema Metropolis has been revised to ensure that prior to the period of the shut-down; some water could be stored in the Tema terminal reservoir at Ashaiman to serve Tema Township which will be hardest hit.
Furthermore, GWCL has mobilized its own tankers and hired additional ones, to deliver water to schools, hospitals and other essential services and institutions in the affected communities.
Meanwhile, the management of GWCL has embarked upon intensive public awareness campaign through radio and TV announcements, press releases and media talk shows and interviews to get the affected communities well prepared for the impending shut-down. Already the company has communicated the planned shutdown to Government, Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, State Enterprises Commission, industries, commercial users and key institutions in the affected communities.
Furthermore, GWCL has advised those living in the affected communities to store enough water in the coming days ahead of the shutdown. The company has also expressed regret over the inconvenience that the shutdown will cause the consuming public and has given the assurance that the work to be done is meant to complete this particular project among others at Kpong by mid-2014 which in the end will improve upon water supply delivery to these communities.
Ghana water company Limited has two separate treatment plants at Weija and Kpong with a total production capacity of 93 million gallons a day. The Weija Treatment Plant, which serves mainly communities in the western parts of Accra, currently produces 53 million gallons of water every day. The Kpong Treatment Plant, on the other hand, produces 40 million gallons per day and serves the eastern parts of Accra as well as Tema, Ga-Adangbe, Krobo and Akuapim Ridge areas.
Presently, water demand in Greater Accra metropolitan area stands at 150 million gallons a day and therefore with a total water supply of 93 million gallons, there is a shortfall or a deficit of 57million gallons a day.
To help bridge this supply shortfall, GWCL has embarked upon several water supply rehabilitation and expansion projects which include Kpong Water Supply Expansion Project, Kpong Intake Rehabilitation Project and ATMA Rurals Water Rehabilitation Project. The Kpong intake and the ATMA Rurals Rehabilitation and Expansion Projects have reached completion stages and the planned shutdown is to allow contractors executing the projects to undertake critical works including the connection of the new 72-inch steel raw water pipeline to the existing 60 inch fibre glass raw water pipeline.
When completed, the ATMA Rurals Rehabilitation project will produce an additional 9 million gallons of water per day to improve water supply to Michel camp, Afienya ,Kpone, Prampram, Old Ningo, New Ningo, Ayitepa,Kponguno, Omankope , Kodiabe, Doyumu, Agomeda, Adumanya, Menyum, Dodowa, Odese, Nganompian, Bawalashie, Oyibi, Amanfro, Latehman, Ashiyie, Frafraha, Abominya, Ayikuma, Abokobi, Pantang and Ayi Mensah.
Other areas to benefit under the project include Akorley, Abonse, Aperede, Adukrom, Awukugua, Dawu, Abiriw, Akropong, Mamfe, Amanokrom, Tutu, Obosomase, Ahwerase, Aburi, Gyankama, Peduase, Kitase, Berekuso, Frankadua, Apeguso, Aboasa, kwenyako, Juapong, Ogoli, Akwamufie, Mangoasi, Atimpoku, New Senchi, Akrade, Senchi, Domeabra, Lolonyo, Agomanya, ManyaKpowonu, Odumasi, Menekpo, Sra, Sawe and Ogome all in the Eastern Region.
On completion, the Kpong Intake Rehabilitation project too, will improve efficiency with the replacement of all the existing pumps and the installation of a 3.3 million gallon a day treatment plant to increase water supply to Accra-Tema Metropolitan Area. .
Another landmark project being undertaken to improve the water supply situation in Accra is the Kpong Water Supply Expansion Project. This project is being carried out at the cost of US273 million with funding from the Government of Ghana and China Exim Bank. The project which will be completed by December this year, is envisaged to increase water supply to Greater Accra Metropolitan Area by 40 million gallons per day.
On completion, the project will supply water from KpongthroughDodowa to the terminal Reservoirs at Okponglo, Madina and Boi, to improve water supply to areas as Adenta, Madina, kwabenya, Ashongman, North, East and West Legon, Ashalley-Botwe, Haatso, Boi, Asofaa, Dome and surrounding areas.
Management of GWCL is hopeful that in the very near future, these expansion projects combined and several other improvement programmes being undertaken will lead to better and enhanced water supply delivery in Accra-Tema Metropolitan Area. Management of GWCL has therefore appealed to valued customers to bear with them for the period of the shutdown.