Group kicks against re-opening of Teshie Desalination Water Plant

A group calling itself Teshie Concerned Citizens Association (TCCA) is kicking against what they say is attempts by the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) to re-open the Teshie Desalination Water Plant.

In a petition to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, copied the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, the residents of Teshie, a suburb of Accra, described the behaviour of the PURC as “unconstitutional.”

According to them in the 13-point petition, the PURC was violating their human rights and freedom by forcing them to drink salty water produced from the plant.

The plant which supplies water to more than 500,000 residents of Teshie, Nungua and adjourning communities was shut down in January 2018 by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) for incurring operational cost of GH¢ 7 million monthly.

Signed by the Chairman of the TCCA, Seth A. Tagoe and 649 other residents, their constitutional right of choosing what to drink or eat must be respected.

They alleged that “PURC has given directives to the GWCL that if it fails to reopen the desalination, they the PURC will use military force to open it,” a situation they said would be  tantamount to forcing down their throat the water they should drink against their will.

Apart from being an economic albatross around the neck of the government, at individual level, the residents said they spend money to replace damaged wares caused by the salinity of the water.

“We the residents who drink from the desalination are buying death more than life in future. Water, they say, is life but in Teshie and Nungua, water is death” the residents claim.

The provision of water from the desalination plant, the petition said was erratic because “when it was in operation, it couldn’t supply water to our communities 24/7.”

Brine, a chemical used in processing the water, the TCCA argued is disposed into the sea, which decreases oxygen level in water, threatening the life of marine animals in and around the ocean along the coast of Teshie and Nungua.

Admitting the area has water shortage challenges, it stated that “the desalination is not the solution because it brought about a lot of health issues, increased our cost of living, GWCL incurred too much operational cost.”

BY TIMES REPORTER                                           

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