The management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has underlined the problems it encounters in providing a consistent supply of water to households in the Greater Accra Region.
According to GWCL, it produces 150 million gallons of water for Accra every day.
Residents in different districts of Accra, including Adenta, Kasoa, Weija, and Apaapa in La, have expressed worry over the intermittent water supply.
Residents report that this scenario has had a negative influence on their everyday life, prompting some to buy water from tankers at exorbitant costs.
During an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show on Citi FM, the Managing Director of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Ing. Dr. Clifford Braimah, stated, “Production of water supply to Accra is 150 million gallons per day or 682,000 cubic meters per day.”
Ing. Dr. Braimah blamed the water shortage on an unexpected malfunction at the Kpong and Weija Water Treatment Plants.
“The recent problem was an unplanned issue at Kpong [Treatment Plant] and that of Weija [Water Treatment Plant]. There are very old pumps that have been trying to manage, and they normally break down at Weija. At Kpong, after the flooding due to the Akosombo dam spillage, there was a weed blockage. Everything is normalized now, and the challenge has been resolved,” the Managing Director of GWCL said.
He lamented the water company’s issues, which include customer pipeline tampering, a lack of finance, and overcrowding.
“Together with the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), we should be able to move to the government and say that there must be some level of injection of capital. We will have to make a proper case that the gap will be closed. If they leave it to us, some people will not pay their tariffs, some will get people who will do illegal connections. Once they do the illegal connections, they don’t take into consideration our hydraulic system. These are the challenges we are faced with.”
He advocated for the retooling of the previous system, which had grown antiquated, implying that some pumps should be replaced.
“We need to retool the old system; if you go to Kpong [Treatment Plant] today, we have pumps that are as old as 1965. For the regulator, it’s dead. Because we are still using them, we take money to repair them when they break down. So, renewal of the old system,” he stated.
The Managing Director of GWCL stated that Accra’s population has surpassed the water company’s capacity.