Weija Water Treatment Plant producing below capacity

Mrs Cecilia  Dapaah being conducted round the water facility by officials of the GWCL

Mrs Cecilia Dapaah being conducted round the water facility by officials of the GWCL

The Weija Water Treatment Plant is producing below capacity following the breakdown of four water storage system (filters) which is affecting the supply of water.

The water storage system which broke down a year ago had made it difficult for the facility to produce the expected 45,000 gallons of water daily for distribution to households and companies.

Currently, the facility is producing between 30,000 and 40,000 gallons of water daily.

The filters help to remove impurities as well as lower contamination of the water before distribution by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).

According to experts at the facility, the remaining eight filters could breakdown if necessary steps were not taken to fix the damage ones.

These came to light yesterday when the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Dapaah, toured the Weija Dam and the Kpone Water Treatment Plant.

It was part of the minister’s familiarisation visit to gain first-hand information on the challenges facing the two facilities.

Addressing the media, Mrs Dapaah said among the major challenges facing the company   was illegal connection of water, stressing that about 47per cent of water produced by the GWCL was used freely as result of illegal connection by some households and institutions.

Mrs Dapaah said the situation had contributed significantly to the inadequate revenue generated by the GWCL to equip it facilities and expand the water supply.

She said that the government would source funds to address challenges confronting the GWCL, adding “I am appealing to those engaged in illegal connection of water to stop, since their activities continue to affect the operations of the company.”

Weija Dam, a dam on the Densu River serves as the intake for GWCL water treatment plant that supplies about 80 per cent of the potable water for the entire city of Accra and its environs

BY BERNARD BENGHAN

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