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Ghana Water Water rationing hits Teshie, Nungua over shut down of Desalination plant

The plant was commissioned in April 2015 by Former President John Mahama to process sea water into potable water for consumers in Teshie Nungua but the GWCL said it is losing money to the plant.

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The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) is now rationing water to the people of Teshie and Nungua as the Teshie Desalination Plant has not been operating for some time now due to some technical challenges.

The Public Relations Officer of GWCL, Stanley Martey, told Accra-based Citi FM that water is now being supplied on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Kpone.

“We have a few challenges with the plant. We are trying to resolve it. But what we are doing now is to supply water to Teshie and Nungua from the Tema area, so we supply them three times a week to ameliorate the situation. Currently, there is water in Teshie, but it isn’t flowing 24-7 as hitherto it was.”

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Even though Mr. Martey said the situation was “manageable”, he was not forthcoming on when the issues with the Desalination Plant will be addressed.

“I wouldn’t be able to give a definite date, but within the very near future, the situation will be solved,” he said.

The $126 million plant was commissioned in April 2015 by Former President John Mahama to process sea water into potable water for consumers in Teshie Nungua and surrounding areas who were having water challenges.

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It serves 500,000 people with an estimated 13 million gallons or 60,000 cubic meters of water per day.

But it recently emerged that the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWC) loses GHc 6 million monthly by operating the Desalination Plant.

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Reports indicated that the GWCL makes payments of GHc 8 million a month to the financiers of the project, even though it makes only GHc 2 million by supplying treated water from the plant.

There are fears that the losses incurred could be as high as GH¢9 million, the Ghana Water Company Board Chair, Alex Afenyo-Markin has said.

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