GWCL to carry out water rationing across the country

Dam[/caption] The Ghana Water Company Limited would soon ration water supply in most parts of the country to ensure equitable distribution. According to the Ghana Water Company, it is experiencing some challenges with water supply in Accra and most parts of the country due to the dry season. The situation has led to inadequate water supply in most cities and towns in the country. In a statement, the Ghana Water Company Limited advised the general public to be measured in their consumption of water while the company addresses the challenges. It further advised consumers to cease indiscriminate use of treated water. The Communications Manager at Ghana Water Company, Stanley Martey told TV3’s Natalie Fort that the level of water in some Regions is very low, hence the need to intervene to ensure efficient water supply. “In the Western Region for instance, we are treating at 40% capacity because the Pra River is so low and the turgidity of the well water is so high that we are unable to obstruct enough water to treat at full capacity.” He further said the situation is no different in the Upper West Region where there is a challenge with the new treatment plant that was commissioned by President Akufo-Addo last year. According to Stanley Martey, the situation is a bit normalised in the Greater Accra Region as a result of the volume of water in the Volta and Densu River. “It is okay because we have dammed the water, so we are able to obstruct the water throughout the year for treatment.” Mr. Martey added, the Ghana Water Company Limited is a bit challenged within the Teshie-Nugua Municipality where water is rationed between Teshie-Nugua and Tema. “What we want the general public to know is that because of the dry season, these challenges are rife so we need to manage the little water that comes into the system efficiently so that we can survive.” According to him, some human activities also contribute to the low level of water in some water bodies. “If people are still clearing lands along the river banks, they must know that they are exposing the river to the weather, and because of the humidity and high temperature, the rate of evaporation is higher than it will usually be and the river sources end up depleting.” Stanley Martey also urged the general public to make judicious use of water available to them in order to ensure continuous flow.

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