Bolgatanga, May 5, GNA – Government and Domestic consumers in the Upper East Region owe the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) outstanding debts to the tune of GH¢ 5million.
The government debt constitutes water consumed by various government agencies including; the Municipal and District Assemblies and educational institutions since 2013.
Mr Eric Kampim, Upper East Regional, Commercial Manager of the GWCL disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Bolgatanga.
He said even though water delivery services continued to be made flexible, unlike other services, which were pre-paid, the routine of water delivery before payment by users each month constantly remained abused because some consumers were adamant and delayed in the payment of their bills.
The Commercial Manager said the Municipality’s source of treated drinking water was from the Vea dam and added that the GWCL worked hard to ensure improved delivery of water to the people of the Bolgatanga Municipality and beyond.
He said water was important in all aspects of life and indicated that it was crucial for domestic users to pay their water bills on time to receive the service.
He said even though various departments and agencies were supposed to pay for water, less efforts were made to settle their bills since 2014.
He said if consumers paid their bills promptly, it would enable the company to provide uninterrupted good services, and advised the general public to respond fast to paying bills whenever they were served, to avoid disconnections.
Meanwhile, visits to some government agencies and departments in the Municipality revealed that most washrooms of these departments were without water thereby leaving washrooms with unpleasant smell while some of the departments had resorted to buying water to keep their places in order.
‘Other agencies and departments have abandoned their washrooms.’
By Fatima Anafu- Astanga, GNA