Communications Director of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Mr. Stanley Martey has blamed the recent water crises that hit Tema and Eastern Accra on outdated transmission pipes at Kpone which keep bursting whenever their is pressure building up in them.
Tema residents this week fetched water from gutters and also trooped to a company which is located around the Sonuo Asogli Power to get water for domestic use as their taps stop flowing for days.
The water situation arrived after quarters where shut down to pave way for some repair works on some of the transmission lines which supply water to homes in Tema.
“…almost every week or almost every month, we have to shut down the Kpone treatment plant to enable some repair works done on the transmission line from Kpone because it’s weak now so we are seeing a lot of burst anytime there are high pressures. So averagely, we get three bursts in a month and building up pressures is very difficult…you keep building up the pressure and when the system is about stabilizing then you realize another fault somewhere and you are forced to shut down and have a repair,” Mr. Martey stated Thursday, April 29, on JoyNews’ ‘The Pulse’ program monitored by GhanaVanguard.com.
“…so that is why we have said that we were going to shut down every quarter to enable us change some of the weaker sessions of the main transmission line so we can have it strengthened a bit to enable us have consistent and constant flow… ,” he added.
Mr. Martey further assured residents in Tema and other parts of Accra who are facing the water challenge that the problem will be solved and everything returned to normalcy by close of Thursday, April 29.
“So we are still working on it. We are on the ground and we see some improvements now. We are hopeful that by close of the day today the situation should stabilize. As i speak, the situation is normalizing gradually,” the communications director assures.