Road construction activities being undertaken in the Lower Manya Krobo area in the Eastern Region have resulted in the destruction of major pipelines serving some parts of the area.
And it takes considerable time and effort to restore the damaged pipelines, and negatively affects water supply, with intermittent water flow being experienced in the constituency.
On Tuesday, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources said his outfit is collaborating with the Ministry of Road and Highways and the utility service providers in the area, especially in Krobo Odumase, to avert the occurrence of such water supply challenges in the future.
He was responding to an urgent question by Mr Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi, MP for Lower Manya Krobo, who wanted to know why the Constituency, “ which has the largest water treatment plant is still experiencing water shortages, and what the Ministry was doing to end the water shortage.”
Mr Adda said the water supply system in the area under question has been designed within the network to supply water to the people of Krobo Odumase from the Accra Tema Metropolitan Authority (ATMA).
He said the rural water supply system in the area takes its feed from the Kpong Water Treatment Plant, and it is one of the largest treatment plants in the country. The treatment plant pumps water into the Yogaga Reservoir, which then flows by gravity into the Odumase and Sra reservoirs. From these reservoirs, the people of Krobo Odumase and the surrounding environment are then served with potable water to consumers in the area.
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.
Mr Adda said the Ghana Water Company Limited has been specifically tasked to coordinate with the respective road agencies to ensure that relocation of the pipelines is undertaken to forestall future interruptions in the delivery of water supply to Lower Manya Krobo as well as other communities.
“This work has commenced and it is expected that the matter would be resolved as soon as practicable,” Mr Teyelarbi said, adding that, “in the meantime ... the Ghana Water Company Limited has made arrangements to provide tanker services to some areas where the disruptions occurred.”
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