Enoch Teye Mensah, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, has inspected facilities at the Weija Water Treatment Plant of the Ghana Urban Water Company to gain first-hand information on operations of the firm.
He was educated on how raw water is channeled through a series of treatment processes, removal of pollutants and final testing to ensure the flow of water.
During the tour, it was discovered that four out of 12 sand filters used for the treatment of the water and a control panel were faulty.
Management of the Ghana Urban Water Company, which is in charge of the treatment plant, noted that the filters and control panel were vital in the delivery of portable water to residents in Accra and other surrounding areas.
The minister gave the assurance that he would ensure that the facilities were repaired immediately in order not to compromise work at the treatment centre.
The station manager, Paul Ganda noted that the quantity of water produced on daily basis to serve consumers had not been affected in spite of the damaged sand filters and other devices, stating that the level might fall if any of the filters break down.
“We are putting more pressure on the existing sand filters which are in good condition now because we are over loading them, he told CITY & BUSINESS GUIDE in an interview.
The treatment plant has the capacity to treat 60 million gallons of raw water per day and produce 56 million gallons of treated water but currently supplies 46 million gallons of drinkable quality water daily.
The minister, who later interacted with workers of the company, commended them for bringing the issue to his attention at a recent workers’ durbar and advised them to work together to provide clean water to consumers.
After touring the dam site, the Minister inspected two new power transformers which were replaced about a year ago.
Senyo T. Amengor, acting Managing Director of Ghana Urban Water Company, hinted that there were plans to send the two old power transformers to the Kumasi treatment plant to be used as stand-by.
Later, the minister promised to work with appropriate agencies such as city authorities to avert any disaster.
The main road, which links the treatment plant and the dam site to the city, is in a deplorable condition, a situation which affects trucks which convey chemicals for treating the raw water.
Mr E. T. Mensah promised that his ministry would liaise with the Ministry of Transport to facilitate the rehabilitation of the road.
By Emelia Ennin Abbey