Business News of 2014-01-15

Kpeve Water Project grappling with problems

The Kpeve Water project is saddled with problems that threaten water supply to the regional capital, Ho, and its surrounding communities.

The existing floating intake is currently operating with three pumps instead of the required five.

The pumps have also developed defects including rust, which could affect normal operations if the dry season should prolong.

Activities of fish farmers around the intake source have also become a threat to safe water delivery because the use of feed laced with chemicals has resulted in an increase in the quantity of chemicals used in the treatment of water.

The Kpeve Water project, which was installed 20 years ago, was designed to deliver 4.5 million gallons of water a day .

It has never achieved maximum production because it is operating six filters instead of eight, and currently supplies about 2.5 miilion gallons a day.

The Regional Director of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Mr Anthony Alomatu, disclosed the state of the waterproject when the Volta Regional Minister, Mr Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, accompanied by his deputy, Mr Francis Ganyaglo, and Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dayi, Mr Edem Asimah, visited the Kpeve Water project last Monday.

According to him, two new pumps were urgently needed to augment the strength of the deteriorated pumps to meet the increasing demand for water.

He explained that the water project, which was commissioned in 1993, was designed to serve a population of 100,000 but said the attendant growth in the metropolis had made it difficult to meet the water demand.

Mr Alomatu, therefore, justified the present rationing of water supply to Ho and advised residents to invest in water storage facilities.

Mr Afotey-Agbo advised that all proposals for upgrading, rehabilitation and expansion should be sent to his office to enable the Volta Regional Co-ordinating Council to make the necessary recommendations to the government for immediate action to forestall more problems.