Mannah Farms, a rice farm, in Mataheko in the Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region is under investigation by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) for allegedly siphoning water into a dam for its irrigation purpose.
This followed a tip-off by a patriotic citizen and subsequently after a tour of the facility by the GWCL it observed that its main distribution lines from Kpong had been illegally connected to the dam.
The Managing Director for the GWCL, Dr Clifford Abdallah Braimah told the journalists that it had been concerned about constant complaint from the public that it was not getting sufficient water though it was producing enough water to meet the demand of the public, hence a decision to trace the causes of the shortage of water.
He said it was unfortunate that though the company had been trying hard to provide water for its clients, some unscrupulous persons were illegally tapping into its system and depriving several others of getting water.
He disclosed that testing of samples of the water from the dam at a laboratory confirmed that it was treated water from the GWCL.
Dr Braimah said GWCL intends confirming that from the Ghana Standards Authority which is an independent body and with the support of the National Security to know the next line of action.
The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecelia Abena Dapaah who has since visited the area to have firsthand information on the situation was unhappy about the development.
After a tour of the area, she charged the GWCL to do a thorough investigation and if any criminal act is found, the suspect should be brought to book.
Meanwhile, a brother to the owner of Mannah Farms, Albert Nortey, has insisted that the water in the dam is not from GWCL and he suspects they were being framed up.
FROM DZIFATETTEH. TEMA