Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL) has assured the public of adequate measures to mitigate the plight of consumers during its shutdown of services to the eastern part of the Greater Accra Region.
The interruption, which began on Monday (14 September), will end on Sunday (20 September). The exercise is to enable engineers to replace roughly two kilometres of a weak section of the main pipeline from Kpong to Tema.
GWCL is hopeful that replacing the pipeline will save the company losing large volumes of water every day.
A statement issued late last week and signed by GWCL’s manager of communications, Stanley Martey, advised residents in the affected areas to store enough water for consumption during the shutdown.
Paramount among the measures to cushion customers from the effects of the shutdown is continuous supply of free water from the government’s COVID-19 reservoirs to consumers.
The statement said essential service providers such as hospitals and schools will also be served by water tankers.
“Most importantly, consumers should/must store water ahead of the shutdown to reduce the impact of the shutdown,” the GWCL statement said.
The areas most severely affected are Afienya, Appolonia, Gbetsile, Ashaiman, Katamanso, Kakasunanka, Adjei Kojo, East Legon Trassacco, all parts of Tema (Communities 1 to 25), the Free Zones enclave, Tema Industrial Area, Dawhenya, Prampram, Spintex Road, Baatsonaa Coca-Cola, Kasapreko, Manet, Lashibi, Klagon, Sakumono and surrounding areas.
The statement further said: “The management of Ghana Water Company Ltd wishes to assure the general public that the necessary equipment, logistics and personnel required to execute the project have been secured and as a result can assure our cherished consumers that, barring any technical hitch, the project must be completed on schedule.”
The company added: “Management of the GWCL deeply regrets the inconvenience that the interruption will cause but pleads with consumers to bear with the situation since the project is meant at improving on services to the public.”
GWCL is also assuring clients that water supply will be restored immediately the project is completed.