Launch of Teshie-Nungua desalination project postponed

Government has postponed the commissioning of the Teshie-Nungua Desalination Water Project following reports from residents that water flowing through their taps is salty.

President John Dramani Mahama was expected to symbolically turn the valves to start pumping some 30 million gallons of treated sea water daily to homes within the Teshie-Nungua catchment areas on Friday, February 20, 2015, but that date has been set aside.

The new commissioning date, however, is yet to be made known.

The salty water is taking a toll on residents and businesses at Nungua.

Sachet water producers are losing their businesses while residents also complain of stomachache and itchy skins due to the use of the hard water.

Some sachet water producers have gone out of business while their distributors say they have also parked their distribution tricycles because customers have been rejecting their supplies.

The Teshie-Nungua Desalination Water Project started in October 2012 on a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) mechanism to serve about 500,000 people in Teshie, Nungua, the Teshie Military Barracks, Baatsonaa, Sakumono and parts of La-Dadekotopon all in the Greater Accra Region.

It will be managed for 25-years before it would be transferred to Ghana Water Company (GWC).

Adom News sources say tests have been running since February 2, 2015.

The Ministry of Water Resources has called for investigation into running of sea water through Ledzokuku-Krowor municipality taps.

Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Sampson Ahi, said the ministry has charged Ghana Water Company to probe into how the salty water found its way into the water supply lines.

Meanwhile the Municipal Chief Executive of the area Seth Badu has called for calm and has assured the people problem would be solved.

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