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Water Problem in Tamale


2005-06-08 14:54:31
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Water Shortage
The Minister of Works and Housing, Hackman Owusu Agyeman has passionately issued a six-week ultimatum to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to ensure adequate and continuous supply of water to the people of the Tamale Metropolis.
According to the Minister, the NPP government could no longer wait to see the entire inhabitants of Tamale deprived or denied their fair and adequate share of the services of the Ghana Water Company.

Mr. Hackman dropped this caution when it was announced to him during his two-day tour of the Northern Region that the GWCL needed only $250,000 for the purchase of a new water pump machine to replace one of the pumps that had broken down. This referred to pipes that had been laid way back in the 1930s to provide water for the metropolis.

The Minister who implored the GWCL officials to call on his ministry for any assistance in the course of fulfilling that obligation, stressed that, the NPP government which has the plight of the people deep at heart, would not be too economical to allow the $250,000 problem take over the lives of the good people of Tamale, who had for some years now been confronted with water crisis.

Questioning why it had taken the officials of GWCL so long to fix a second pump to support the only existing one, Mr. Hackman challenged the engineers of the company to, by the middle of June this year, repair the second pump, which they claimed was repairable.

“By the end of June, you must be able to supply additional 4.0 million gallons to the existing 4.3 million gallons,” he urged GWCL.

Meanwhile, a GWCL source close to The Chronicle has it that, the three water pump machines, which were installed in 1930 at Dalun in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region to provide water for Tamale and its environs, were to supply water for a maximum number of 74,000 people.

The Tamale Metropolis, which needed over 12 million gallons of drinking water everyday, is now depending on only 4.3 million gallons daily, with the current population of over 300,000 since two of the three main water pumps providing water for the people were no more functioning.

He however noted that though water problem in the country is a big issue to the NPP government to tackle, the problem in Tamale needed urgent attention before it got out of control.

He disclosed that, the Ghana government would soon take delivery of over $10 billion in the next few years to address the enormous water problem in the country, of which Tamale was a potential beneficiary.

The Minister, in an attempt to show more commitment and to enforce his order, asked the Managing Director of the G W C L, Mr. Samuel Lamptey, to make a vivid estimate or send a proposal to the Works and Housing Ministry for the rehabilitation of the Dalun Water Treatment Plant, which provides water for the Tamale metropolis.

Mr. Lamptey however assured the Minister of the full preparedness of GWCL to meet the demands of the people in Tamale to meet the ultimatum and appealed to the people to manage the little water available.

source: chronicle

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