General News of 2014-02-24

Accra water crisis to end tomorrow

After almost a week of an acute water shortage in parts of Accra, the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has assured the crisis will end Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

The water company's assurance comes in the wake of completion of repair works at the Weija Treatment Plant.

Stanley Martey, a communications manager at the GWCL told Joy News although the water problem has been restored, ongoing temporary rationing of water to parts of the capital accounts for the seeming persistence of the acute shortage.

"It will take a bit of time, between 24 and 48 hours for the situation to stabilise...Consumers should appreciate what we are doing", he appealed.

Accra and its environs have been without water for almost one week following the breakdown of the Weija Treatment Plant.

The acute water shortage which hit parts of Accra started last Wednesday. On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, officials of the Ghana Water Company Limited were seen feverishly replacing an HDPE pipe along the transmission line from the Weija Water Treatment Plant to the Awoshie Water Works.

The cracked pipeline, which was responsible for the water crisis, had been leaking since last week compelling the Ghana Water Company to stop water flowing from the Weija plant to parts of the capital.

The Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Collins Dauda, promised that his outfit will ensure that the situation does not recur.

In a related development, the GWCL has rescheduled planned shutdown of the Kpong Treatment Plant.

The plant should have been shut down on Monday, February 24, 2014 for major pipeline interconnection works.

A statement signed by the company’s Public Relations Chief Manager, Michael Agyeman, says the shut-down will now be from Thursday, February 27 to Sunday, March 2, 2014.

The company says the postponement is to allow water supply in Accra Metropolitan area to stabilise following the resumption of water production at Weija Treatment Plant on Saturday, 22nd February, 2014.

Source: myjoyonline.com
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