As New Lavender Hill Begins Full Operations
It is expected that, the recently built Kwame Nkrumah interchange and its environs, would not flood as the rains set in this year, Dredge Masters, the company tasked to desilt the odor and Korle Lagoon, has said.
The company said, it was on course to meet that target this year after it worked last year to ensure the capital did not flood after the twin disaster in 2015, which claimed over hundred lives at the interchange.
Operations Manager at Dredge Master, Ing. Sena Adiepena, said this when he interacted with journalists ahead of the raining season on Tuesday in Accra.
The company which is a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies, is responsible for the dredging of the Odor and Korle Lagoon drains which are the principal outlets through which all major drains in the city empty their waste into the sea.
It is anticipated that, if liquid waste from upstream to downstream, is not hindered because of human activities when there’s heavy downpour, no flood would be recorded.
According to Ing. Adiepena, the main challenge of his outfit, has been the activities of city dwellers who live around the drains. He said, these people who dump sold waste into the drains make it difficult for Dredge Master to discharge their duties effectively.
Recounting some of these human activities, Ing. Adiepena said periodically, unexpected solid materials find their way into the drains, because there is no proper way of dumping refuse in the capital.
He debunk claims that the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange flooded last Sunday, explaining that what happened on that day was as result of choked small drains, which should have sent the water straight into the lagoon.
According to him, although it is not their responsibility to ensure these small drains are not choked, people need to ensure they refrain from dumping anywhere which end up in these drains thereby choking them.
The flooding as you call it, is not as a result of the main channels, but the smaller drains that we have going into the bigger odor drains. If you will realize, after the rains settled down you realize that a lot of plastic waste were brought out and those were the once that were choking the smaller drains, as a result, you have the area inundated with water.
So we need to look for proper means of handling waste, so that we don’t have these plastics and waste in the drains. Even as you can see behind me, we have car tyres, plastics, we have nets and materials, which are being washed into the lagoon here all of those are being washed into the bigger drains.
He said, since their work after the June 3 disaster, some five dead bodies, have been collected from the drains. He explained these deaths, come about as a result of people committing suicide, open defecation etc.
He advised that it would be most appropriate, if buffer zones are built around such drains so that the major human activities which hinder their smooth operation, will be curtailed.
Meanwhile, operators of Lavender Hill Faecal Treatment Plant commissioned last November by then President John Mahama, have said the plant would commence full operation by the middle of this year to produce 7, 000 cubic meters of biogas daily which can generate 500 KVA to power the plant.
The plant which has started receiving faecal matter from trucks in parts of the capital, has been test running after it commission last year November.
Operated by sewage system Ghana limited, the $25Million the septage treatment plant with a maximum treatment capacity of 2, 400 cu.m/day, is unique as there are few plants in the world designed for treating septage. It is a partnership between government and Sewage System Ghana Limited.
It consists of a primary treatment stage which includes screening, primary settling raw septage and sludge dewatering. The secondly treatment stage includes ultra violet disinfection; biogas utilization (combined heat and power) digested sludge dewatering.
It also has a modern laboratory which tests both the influent and the effluent qualities will meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards and will also be pumped back into the system for reuse in the plant.
Speaking to the media, Manager for the plant, Florence Cobbold, the plant receives over 200 trucks for treatment. This means that the old Lavender Hill, which receives liquid waste straight into the ocean since the 1970s has ended.