General News of 2014-02-20

Minister begs Accra residents over water shortage

Residents in parts of western Accra will have to wait another day to have the acute water shortage that hit their area resolved.

"Bear with us", the Minister for Water resources, Works and Housing, Collins Dauda has said, promising that "we will look at the line so that we don't have any such situation occurring in any other part of Accra".

Since last week, there has been a shortage of water which has forced many to walk long distances in search of the vital resource.

But the past two days has seen an intermittent water shortage turn into a full-blown crisis.

Residents of Kokomlemle, Ring road, Agbobloshie, Asylum Down and Odorkor, all suburbs in the capital, fight near a well, for water to fill their buckets.

Authorities of the Ghana Water Company have attributed the problem to a burst pipe that transmits water from the Weija Treatment Plant to Accra.

Collins Dauda on Wednesday toured the Weija site to inspect first-hand the extent of the problem and declared "we have been assured by the team undertaking the repairs it will be fixed".

The Water Company had announced it would complete work at the site that Wednesday to bring an end to the shortage by midnight that did not happen.

As early as 3am on Thursday residents of Nima, Maamobi and its environs trooped to Accra Newtown to get water.

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