General News of Sun, 29 Jul 201821
Acute water shortage hits major parts of Accra
Residents at the Adabraka, Asylum Down, Bubuashie and Dansoman suburbs of Accra have experienced an acute shortage of water. Thousands of these frustrated residents have had to sacrifice time of their normal schedules and even productive work hours to go on a hunt for fresh water.
Yen.com.gh has learned that these areas have been without water for the past two weeks. In fact, residents from all affected townships have appealed to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to for swift intervention especially when some pipes of the company are being under maintenance.
“As it stands now, we do not know when the problem will be rectified. We have only been told that the management of GWCL is working to address the challenge,” a resident told Graphic.com.gh. Meanwhile, the GWCL, in a statement said it had begun an exercise to service all its valves that supplied water within the Adabraka enclave to identify the problem.
According to the company, the challenge came about due to some unauthorized structures causing the blockage and consistent bursting of the pipelines, leading to low pressure and erratic flow in some areas.
Use of prepaid water meters
The minister for sanitation and water resources, Joseph Kofi Adah has hinted at the introduction of prepaid water meters before the end of the year.
In an interview with Joy FM, the minister revealed that 80,000 prepaid units will be installed across all densely populated areas in Accra, Kumasi, the Volta Region among others.
The minister insists the installation of these meters will ensure the proper streamline of water distribution and usage in the country.