General News Fri, 12 Sep 2008

Stinky, dirty water flows from taps at La

Accra, Sept. 11, GNA - For the past week, taps in the Abentia Block community at La in Accra, have been delivering unwholesome water that stinks and has colour, residents and utility officials have said.

Residents told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that what was supposed to be treated water running through their taps exuded stench similar to a choked gutter scent.

Mrs Sandra Ollenu, a resident, told the GNA she and her neighbours first noticed the abnormality with the water quality a week ago. "Even though water has been flowing regularly, it is unusable because of the dirt and the stench," she said, adding that, the neighbourhood had since been buying water from private suppliers at high cost.


Mrs. Ollenu and others also expressed fears of the likelihood of the utility company continuing to bill them, even though they had stopped using the water because they found it unsafe. Officials from the Ghana Water Company have confirmed that the water was unwholesome after they took samples from the neighbourhood, based on a report lodged to it by the GNA.

However, the company is yet to determine the source of the problem. Mr. Kweku Botwe, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Water Company, told the GNA that a technical team would be deployed to the area to find out the exact problem and take the necessary measures to resolve it.

Source: GNA