The recent power crises facing the country is having a heavy toll on water production at the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) treatment plant at the Nawuni water intake point in the northern region. According to the GWCL, power goes intermittently on the power grid serving the treatment plant. Explaining the situation, the communications manager of the Ghana Water Company Limited in the northern region, Nii Nicholas Abbey, noted that the frequent rate at which power goes off, is affecting the GWCL in it’s bid to stabilize water supply to Tamale and surrounding communities. He said besides the power outages, low voltages have also been frequently experienced on the grid just like the outages. This, he stated affects water production and supply to it’s customers in Tamale and surrounding districts. “ You can have five or six outages on an average on daily basis. And when power goes out, water production is halted. It takes minutes for things to normalizes” he said.
Already, acute water shortage has hit several communities in the northern region, including the capital Tamale. Women are seen in the early hours of the day trekking in search of water, while some men ride their motorbikes with yellow gallons popularly known as ‘kufour gallons’ looking for water to fetch. The Ghana Water Company Limited is unable to meet it's supply demand from consumers in the area thereby producing below capacity.
Mr Nii Nicholas Abbey, however commended the management of the Volta River Authority (VRA)/NEDCO in the region for their enormous support in restoring power anytime there’s an outage.
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