The Managing Director for the Ghana Urban Water Limited, Senyo Theodore Amengor has revealed that by June 2014, the current water rationing situation in Accra will cease.
According to him, this will be possible because his outfit is “expanding Kpone and adding another 40million gallon under the Chinese project the progress of the project is about 40%.”
Water supply in the national capital has been erratic for several years with several media reports citing a number of challenges including very limited access to sanitation, intermittent supply, high water losses and low water pressure.
Mr Amengor, speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show
on Wednesday explained the reason for the current water rationing policy.
“Our supply level now for the two plants we are producing is 403, 000 cubic meters per day and the demand is estimated 557, 000m cube per day. The difference is 153, 000 cubic metres per day. That is the deficit. Because of this deficit we have to share the water equitably and that is why we resorted to rationing.”
According to him, “we got an extensive rationing program covering Greater Accra. The deficit is that the treatment plant capacity that we have is not up to that level. So we need to expand the treatment plant and a new treatment plant is currently being constructed.”
“We are expanding Kpone and adding another 40 million gallons under the Chinese project. The progress of the project is about 40% and we are sure that by June 2014 we should have completed that project and would have added 40 million gallons additional to what we require for the people living in Accra.”
Mr Amengor explained further that the move would represent a 100% satisfaction of his outfit’s set target of providing clean, potable water for the people in the capital.
He added: “We have a project called Accra Tema Rurals and its both the north and the south areas like Prampram, Afienya and Dodowa so all the water we produce from Kpong is now being shared but when these ones are completed, then we can serve these areas and areas beyond the Adomi bridge.
On coverage for other regions, the MD for the Ghana Urban Water Limited added that the “Eastern region’s coverage is 36% and that has the largest number of treated plants because of the nature of the raw water resources available. And the biggest plant serves Koforidua and they have constructed a new plant on the Bokuno on the Volta Lake.”
By: Philip Kofi Ashon/citifmonline.com/Ghana