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GWCL attributes water shortage in Accra to population surge

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The Greater Accra Region’s water dilemma, according to the Ghana Water Company, Limited (GWCL), is caused by the capital city’s population expansion.

Dr Clifford Braimah, Managing Director of the water corporation, voiced worry that Accra’s growing population had exceeded the firm’s capacity.

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Residents in many sections of Accra, including Adenta, Kasoa, Weija, and Apaapa in La, have expressed concerns about the erratic water supply that is hurting their communities.

Residents report that the situation has severely interrupted their daily routines, forcing them to buy water from tankers at exorbitant costs.

However, in an interview with Citi FM on Monday, January 22, Ing. Braimah recognized the need for the GWCL to modernize its machinery to meet the increasing needs of Accra citizens.

“Already in Accra, the volume of water we produce, the population has outgrown it, and we are looking at putting up a new system at Kpone to boost our production but resource constraint has been the problem, Since 2017, 2018, we have been working, and we have not settled on finances.

“So already if you have a limited volume of water coming into the system, and your population is big, you have to block them and supply them according to the demands of the people, but you cannot give everybody [water] at the same times otherwise some will not get. And so we have been limited for a very long time.”

Ing. Braimah did, however, admit that certain complaints were related to localised defects, and he encouraged residents to report such difficulties to the nearest GWCL office for prompt rectification.

 

 

 

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