The Management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) will, from Monday, February 24 to Thursday, February 27, shut down the Kpong Water Treatment Plant, to allow contractors executing the Kpong Intake and Accra Tema Metropolitan Area Rural Rehabilitation and Expansion (ATMA) projects, undertake critical pipeline interconnections under the project due for completion in the next three months.
When completed, the project will produce an additional nine million gallons of water per day.
“Upon completion, the projects will improve efficiency with the replacement of all the existing pumps and the installation of a 3.3 million gallon a day treatment plant to increase water supply to Accra-Tema Metropolitan Area”, a statement issued in Accra yesterday said.
Areas to be affected
According to the statement signed by Mr Michael Agyeman, Chief Manager in charge of Public Relations of GWCL, as a result of the shut down, there would be interruption of water supply to Tema, Ashaiman, Lashibi, Michel Camp, Afienya, Prampram, Ningo, Somanya, Dodowa, Akuapim, Ridge Areas, Adenta, Madina, Ashalley-Botwe, Adjiringano, East Legon, Legon, Ashongman, Kwabenya, Taifa, Dome, Achimota and surrounding areas.
Other areas to be affected include Abelemkpe, Dzorwulu, Roman Ridge, Airport Residential Area, 37, Kanda, Nima, Maamobi, Pig Farm, Kotobaabi, Kokomlemle, Cantonments, Ridge, Osu, La, Labone, Burma Camp, Teshie, Nungua, Baatsona, Spintex Road and surrounding areas.
The statement said the management of the GWCL had instituted measures to ensure flow of water from Weija to the Accra Terminal Reservoir and Booster Station for supply to some parts of eastern Accra to minimise the impact of the shutdown.
“In addition, the normal rationing programme in the Accra-Tema metropolis has been revised to ensure that prior to the period of the shutdown; some water could be stored in the Tema terminal reservoir at Ashaiman to serve Tema Township which will be the hardest hit”, the statement added.
According to the statement, GWCL had mobilised its own tankers and hired additional ones to deliver water to schools, hospitals and other essential services and institutions in the affected communities.
The company also expressed regret over the inconvenience to be caused by the shutdown to the public and gave the assurance that the work to be undertaken is meant to complete projects at Kpong by mid-2014 which would improve water supply delivery.