Water supply expected to improve in Sekondi-Takoradi
Businesses and residents in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis are to heave a sigh of relief as new equipment have been installed at the water treatment plant at Daboase in the Wassa East District of the Western Region to ensure regular water supply of water.
For over 50 years, equipment used at the Daboase Headworks of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) have not seen any change and this has affected the efficiency of water supply.
Sekondi-Takoradi is supposed to benefit from six million gallons of water daily but the quantity supplied daily have averaged at four million gallons for a long time.
The Daboase Treatment plant, with an installed capacity of 27.270 cubic meters per day, gets it source of raw water from the Pra River.
Major operational constraints confronting the treatment plant include siltation of the Pra River and poor raw water due to illegal mining operations, low river inflows during the dry season, aged plant and equipment, as well as power supply interruptions.
The situation has changed recently since government intervened and procured two new pump set equipment and their associated control panels to replace the obsolete pumps to boost water supply.
Treatment plants at Inchaban, Bossomase, Axim and other places in the Western Region are yet to receive their turn of rehabilitation works.
Works at these places are expected to soon start and be completed by the first week of November this year, at a cost of GHc25million.
Ing. Mark Teiko Cudjoe, Western Regional Chief Manager of GWCL, at the inauguration of the equipment at Daboase, said the work is in three phases.
“The phase I is at Daboase, where we are replacing high lift pumps and its control panels are being replaced. In addition, we are changing the pumps at Bosomase, which has a back-up for our operations at Daboase; we are changing all the two pumps and bringing in new control panels as well for the phase 2”, he said.
According to him, the phase 3 also involves the Inchaban treatment plant, where the high lift pumps and water pumps, among others, are being changed to make the system efficient.
“The few test-runs we have done have seen tremendous improvement in terms of water supply in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis. We are so grateful to government for assisting in this direction.”
Mrs. Gifty Eugenia Kusi, Deputy Western Regional Minister, explained that government stepped in to procure equipment needed because of the production of oil in the region and its associated commercial activities, as well as to allow businesses to thrive and create the much-needed jobs.
“These equipment replacement works are to allow government to provide adequate and stable water supply for the residents of the metropolis and also to meet industrial demand,” she said.
Mr. Eric Johnson, Director of Intermerc Ghana Limited, contractor for the rehabilitation works, mentioned that the company is speeding up processes to ensure regular supply of water in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
“Currently, there has been some improvement; by first week in November, all works will be completed,” he added