The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has assured the public that it has put in place measures to address the problem at the water treatment plants which were affected by recent rainfalls and spillages across the country.
This follows the effects of recent rains throughout the country and the opening of the spill gates of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso which caused considerable havoc to some water treatment plants in the country.
This was contained in a statement issued by the GWCL on effects of recent rains and copied to the Ghanaian Times in Accra on Monday.
The GCWL noted that the opening of the spill gates of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso raised the level of the Nawuni river in the Northern Region where water is obstracted at Dalun and treated for the people of Tamale.
As such, it said two transformers that fed the treatment plant got damaged and power to the plant was curtailed.
“Due to the challenges, production has reduced, and engineers from Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) are assisting GWCL to have it solved,” it added.
Also, the utility service provider said that the Weija dam was currently at a level of 49.5ft as against the maximum operating level of 48ft.
“Spillage normally begins when the level gets to 46.5ft. As a result, four spill gates have been opened to safeguard the integrity of the dam, save the dam from collapse, and save lives and properties,” the statement added.
It said that at the Jambusi Treatment Plant sited at the banks of the Black Volta in the Upper West Region, at the boundary between Ghana and Burkina Faso, the level of the river rose to13.8ft as against the maximum operating level of 13.0ft.
“The high level of the river, coupled with run water from the rains, caused the flooding of the Pump House at the intake and production had to be curtailed at that point,” it added.
Furthermore, the GWCL said water supply to Akyem Oda, Akwatia, Kade and surrounding communities in the Eastern Region have been curtailed because of the shutdown of the Akyem Oda Treatment Plant, due to the flooding of the pump house at the abstraction point (in-take point).
“The flooding also caused damage to some equipment such as electronic control panels and pumps,” it added.
At Densuano, also in the Eastern Region, the GWCL said residents of Koforidua were currently experiencing low pressure in some areas of the metropolis due to flooding of the plant at Densuano which has affected all equipment in the plant.
“It is pertinent to note that there are similar situations occurring at Daboase in the Western Region, Winneba and Kwanyarko in the Central Region, and other areas,” it stated.
“Management of the Ghana water Company limited wishes to assure the public and its cherished Customers, that engineers of the company are on top of the situation and doing everything possible to forestall further eventualities,” it added.