Feb 2014

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) is dredging the Daboase Water Intake-Point to ensure more raw water is extracted for processing.

Mr Daniel Moumaalah, Western Regional Manager of GWCL, told the Ghana News Agency last Friday that there was heavy siltation in the Intake-Point and the Pra River, the source of water for treatment, thereby, necessitating the dredging.

He said the Daboase Water Treatment Plant alone produced six million gallons of water per day but had reduced drastically as a result of the siltation coupled with the activities of small-scale mining along the Pra River.

In this vein, he said, the GWCL hired an excavator from Zoomlion Ghana Limited to dredge the facility in order to ensure free flow of water for easy pumping into the water treatment plant.

Mr Moumaalah said due to the low levels of water in Daboase and Inchaban water treatment dams, GWCL had been rationing water to communities in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.

The two dams had the capacity to supply 10 million gallons of water per day during the rainy season, however, they are currently producing below six million.

He, therefore, entreated water consumers in the metropolis to ensure judicious use of water.

Meanwhile, Mr Mark Cudjoe, Regional Production Manager of GWCL, indicated that the Western Region daily water consumption stood at 15.8 million gallons but the GWCL could not meet the demand due to water shortage.

He said the dwindling water resources had affected aquatic life in the Pra River and other water bodies in the region and appealed for support from the Government to rectify the problem.

Source: GNA