The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) is to employ the services of private tanker operators to distribute water to hospitals and other emergency installations as it commences a shutdown of the Kpong Water Treatment Plant.
The shutdown, which is scheduled to commence on Thursday, will affect customers largely in the eastern parts of Accra.
The shutdown follows a similar one at the Weija Water works last week which led to acute water shortage in the national capital.
The Communications Director at the GWCL, Michael Agyemang indicated that there are adequate measures in place to reduce the impact on consumers.
He disclosed that his outfit has a pipeline “that links the Weija treatment plant to our reservoir at Okponglo” therefore occasionally; “water will flow to the Okponglo reservoir and it will pump water to the reservoir at 37…where we have tankers waiting.”
According to him, the security services will also provide some tankers and so will his outfit to augment that of the private tankers to ensure that hospitals do not experience shortage of water.
He however clarified that the GWCL “will not send water everywhere. We are going to concentrate on the hospitals like the 37 Military Hospital, the Police Hospital, SSNIT Hospital, La General Hospital and the schools within the catchment area.”
Major hospitals in the Tema Metropolis and boarding schools will also be supplied with water with the exclusion of individual homes.
By: Efua Idan Osam/citifmonline.com/Ghana