current water crisis facing the capital is far from over as four out of 12 filters
operating at the Weija Treatment Plant in Accra remains dysfunctional.
to Water Quality Assurance officer of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) Weija
Headworks, Mr John Suobogbiree, the situation was increasingly accountable for
limited production and intermittent water supply experienced in the region.
we have only seven filters operating now. Due to the high pressure on the
remaining eight filters, we isolate one every month for cleaning which takes
about eight days before coming into full operation and that sometimes leads to
low pressure in water supply,” he explained.
officer was speaking in an interview with the Ghanaian Times yesterday during
a familiarisation tour of the facility by the Municipal Chief Executive of the
Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly (WGMA), Mr Patrick K.B. Kumor.
paper gathered that the last filter got damaged in 2017 as several promises made
by government to repair defects detected as well as re-construct earlier
damaged ones had proved futile.
filters remove impurities from water by means of physical barrier, a chemical
or biological process. The cost of replacing the broken down filters is
estimated at $35 million.
Suobigbiree feared the worst if urgent steps were not taken to avert a possible
breakdown of remaining filters insisting that, “the plant was originally
designed with 12 filters to take the volumes of water coming in and authorities
are aware of the damage.”
contractors have been here for feasibility studies but we are yet to get a
positive response,” he lamented.
the issue of recent power outages, the officer pleaded that the power
distributors considered exempting the GWCL from power cuts as it had a toll on
water productionsaying, “it takes
us about an hour to get water to reach expected pressure levels to distribute
after an outage so we are pleading that they exempt the production sites from
also urged residents encroaching on the dam’s buffer zone to take caution as
water spillage was imminent with the “onset of the rains.”
MCE of the WGMA, Mr Kumor assured of taking urgent steps to avert a danger at
the water facility indicating that “a report will be sent to the Presidency and
the sector Ministry as soon as possible to draft a holistic approach to deal
with this matter.
have been told a filter takes about eight to 12 months to be repaired and it is
time we work on it now before another breaks down and water shortage hits us in
Kumor warned of pulling down properties that had been put up in the dam’s right
of way as well as embark on a rigorous exercise to improve sanitary conditions
in the area to protect the Densu River where the dam draws its source.
have identified a landfill site around Weija called the Chinese pit for dumping
of refuse so we have asked the Environmental Protection Agency to assess the
place and by the end of April, we should operationalise so that people stop
indiscriminate dumping,” he stated.
Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Weija-Gbawe, Tina Naa Ayeley
Mensah, who accompanied the MCE on the tour, noted that the lack of consistent water
supply could have a toll on the health of Ghanaians and urged that urgent steps
be taken to save the dam.
BY ABIGAIL ANNOH
Mr Suobigbiree explaining a point
to Mr Patrick Kumor, MCE of WGMA and Tina Ayeley Mensah, MP for Weija-Gbawe
during the tour.
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