Tamale: GWCL to Implement Water Rationing due to Supply Difficulties

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Ghana Water Limited (GWL) has revealed that Tamale, the capital of the northern region, has surpassed its water supply capacity, prompting the adoption of a structured rationing strategy to meet the growing demand.

Dr. Clifford A. Braimah, the Managing Director, attributed this issue to disruptions caused by urban road construction activities. During a recent tour of the Northern and Savannah regions, Dr. Braimah highlighted the adverse effects of urban road construction on water pipelines, exacerbating the water supply challenges. He advocated for a re-engineering approach to effectively tackle these issues.

To address the situation, GWL is considering implementing a demand management program to ensure Tamale residents have access to water at least once a week. Dr. Braimah emphasized the importance of finding solutions to the water supply challenges, including addressing issues caused by external agencies’ activities and power outages from NEDCO.

He urged citizens to collaborate in identifying individuals with inland pumps in their residences to aid in resolving the issue.

“We are here to look at the challenges that are confronting our people regarding the supply of water and whatever interventions that we can put in immediately to resolve or to minimize those challenges.

“That’s why we are here. We were with us this morning at RCC when we spoke to the Minister about the support we need from the Regional Security Committee, because there are some of the challenges, for example in Tamale, that are a result of activities of agencies and not Ghana Water Company.”

“We depend on NEDCO 100% for production or for us to power their machines. At any time NEDCO power, flat twist, our systems go off. So you could have your systems working properly, because of inadequate power you are unable to deliver.

“However, we have our challenges because Tamale has outgrown the capacity that we now have. So, all we can do is to have a systematic rationing process or demand management programme so that at least everybody in Tamale will have water at least once a week.”

Source: Citi online



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