Minster for Sanitation and Water Resources, Kofi Adda, has stated that road construction activities in the Lower Manya Krobo Constituency has caused destruction of major pipelines serving parts of the constituency.
According to him, because it takes considerable time and effort to restore these damaged pipelines it has resulted in water supply challenges in the constituency.
The Ministry, he said, is collaborating with the Roads and Highways Ministry as well as utility service providers during road construction works in urban areas and in particular the Krobo Odumase area to ensure safety of pipelines.
Mr. Kofi Adda made this disclosure during question time in Parliament when MP for Lower Manya Krobo, Hon. Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi, asked the causes of water shortage in the constituency despite having the largest water treatment plant.
The Minister noted that water supply system in Manya Krobo has been designed within the network to supply water to the people of Krobo Odumase area from the Accra Tema Metropolitan Area (ATMA) Rural water supply system, which takes its feed from the Kpong Water Treatment Plant, one of the largest treatment plants in the country.
According to him, the treatment plant pumps water into the Yogaga Reservoir, which then flows by gravity into the Odumase and the Sra reservoirs.
“From these reservoirs, the people of Krobo Odumase and the surrounding environment are then served with potable water.”
“Currently, the ATMA rural water supply system has a capacity of 12 million gallons per day available for supply to the catchment area, which is projected to be enough for now,” he said.
The Minister mentioned that government’s bid to improve road network in the constituency has led to construction activities destroying the major pipelines serving some of the communities.
The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), he said, has been specifically tasked to coordinate with the respective road agencies to ensure relocation of the pipelines to forestall future interruptions in the delivery of water supply to Lower Manya Krobo as well as other communities.
The work, he said, has commenced and the matter is expected to be resolved as soon as practicable.
Mr. Kofi Adda indicated the Ghana Water Company has made arrangements to provide tanker services to some areas where there are disruptions due to the relocation works.
By Osumanu Al-Hassanfirstname.lastname@example.org