The Ghana Water Company is undertaking a four day dredging exercise both its Daboase and Bosomase raw water intake points in the Western Region to ensure free flow of raw water to its pump machines for onward treatment and distribution to customers within the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis and beyond.
According to Management of the Western Regional Office of the Ghana Water Company, the dry season coupled with the ill activities of illegal mining galamsy in the Pra River has deposited heaps of silt (sand) around the company’s two major pump stations thereby blocking easy flow of water from the raw water intake point which has contributed to low water supply within the Second/Takoradi Metropolis.
Engineer Mark Teiko Cudjoe, Regional Manager of the Company and Mr. Evans Akot-Adzei Regional Water Quality Manager took journalists around the two facilities to inspect the dredging and desilting works which is said to cost the water supplier between 50,000 to 60,000 Ghana Cedis.
Currently, the company is able to treat only 3 million gallons of water daily instead of the over 7 million it originally produces. Ing. Teiko said this is woefully inadequate adequate looking at the company customer supply base, “we are thus rationing the little we produce to ensure even distribution of potable water to our clientele”. He was however hope that the dredging when completed would improve their raw water intake to an increased production capacity of about five million.
Currently most areas within the STMA have not had water running through their taps for several days with some running into weeks.
The Regional Water Company’s Manager, Ing. Mark Teiko however says the Metropolis is not facing water crisis yet. He expressed optimism that the situation will normalize after the dredging and desilting exercise.