Accra, Tema to get regular water supply by mid-August – Minister

Water tapAccra and Tema to get regular water supply from mid-August as all the 12 filters with the capacity to pump 42 million gallons is expected to start full production.

Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, who made this known, said two out of the five filters that got broken down have been fixed.

He said additional seven million gallons of water would be brought on stream.

Alhaji Dauda told newsmen after a working visit to the Weija Water Treatment Plant to inspect the progress of work that the total cost for the reconstruction was about 600,000.00 Euros and expressed the hope that after completion, those around the catchment areas would be relief of their current water predicaments.

Ballast Nedam, a German Construction Company was awarded the contract.

He said government was not happy about water situation and would not stop at anything until the problem is fixed.

“I want to assure the people of Ghana that we will not sleep until the filters are fixed,” he said.

Alhaji Dauda said: “In a country that you have developments ahead of planning, demand for water supply will always exceed supply because we don’t take the pain to plan our residential areas before building our houses.”

He said for the water problem to be solved totally there was the need for attitudinal change.

The Minister said currently government partnered a Chinese Company to produce 80 million gallons of water at Kpong Treatment Plant.

He said the project is in two phases and phase one would produce 20 million gallons of water.

“We hope that if all these thing come on board we will be solving most of our water problems,” he added.

Alhaji Dauda disclosed that government is coming out with a project to change all old pipelines laid in 1925 to facilitate a very strong distribution water systems.

On Galamsey operators (illegal miners) who are polluting some water bodies across the country, the Minister called for a strategy that would bring all stakeholders on board to deal with the issue.

Early this year, three filters at Weija Water treatment Plant had serious defects, whilst two others had minor defects, leading to loss of gallons of water.

Source: GNA

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