Over One Hundred and Sixty Thousand (160,000) people living in Ada East, Ada West, North Tongu, Central Tongu, Shai-osudoku and Ningo Prampram districts will soon experience an acute water crisis if the sand winning along the 3-Districts Water Supply Scheme (3DWSS) at Aveyime is not addressed.
A company run by some Chinese and Ghanaian nationals is currently undertaking aggressive sand winning activities in the Volta Lake which is very close to the intake point of Water Treatment Plant where water is treated and distributed to community members.
The nefarious activity of the company agitates sand in the river and the silt particles end up in the water treatment machines thus destroying it.
A tour organised by the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CSWA) to the plant for some members of the Ghana WASH Journalists Network (GWJN) last week also revealed that aside the serious damage cause to plants and equipment of the 3DWSS, portions of the earth surface in and around the plant has started caving in at a fast rate.
Apart from the sand winning, there is another Chinese company as well as some Ghanaians engaged in fishing activities on the river. These fishing companies have been introducing huge does of chemicals in the water, polluting it further and increasing the cost of treatment.
The 3DWSS is a conventional surface water supply scheme serving originally 3 but now 6 districts across the two regions of Greater Accra and Volta. The water scheme is currently serving about 160 communities.
According to the Water And Sanitation Engineer, CWSA Greater Accra Regional Office, Madam Angela Hayford, the Aveyime Water Treatment Plant christened “3DWSS” is the largest rural water scheme in Ghana with a design capacity of 3,500m3/day but due to challenges with the functioning of source components, the current capacity is about 1,800m3/day.
The water is abstracted via an intake well, treated through slow sand filtration technology and pumped to 8 High Level Tanks for distribution to the communities with a spatial distribution of 150km from end to end and a cumulative length of 300km of distribution network and 52 km of transmission lines with varying sizes between 50mm and 250mm in diameter. She explained.
The Chief Public Relations Officer, CWSA Head Office Madam Pauline E.P. Tambro who led the team in an interview tells journalists the situation is worrying.
She believes getting water to the citizenry is more important than the allege taxes these companies causing irreparable havoc to such an important national asset pay to the assemblies.
“No matter how much tax these companies may pay it cannot be compared with the thousands of people who depend on that water,” Mad. Tambro noted.
“A little bit upstream, there are those involved in the rearing of fish. If you test the water, there is a lot of nutrients now. Why can’t the regulatory authorities move these companies away from the intake so we can provide water to the rural communities?” she quizzed.
CWSA, managers of the facility, is therefore calling on state institutions which have the mandate to ensure safety of the plant to step in and stop the activities of both the sand winning and fishing companies operating close to the treatment plant.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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