Thursday, February 25, 2010


THE water supply situation in Kumasi has improved significantly, following the near completion of the Kumasi Water Supply and Expansion project.
Hitherto difficult areas such as the SSNIT Flats, Ejisu Down, Pankrono and Buokrom now have water, while those that already had are enjoying improved services.
The project involved rehabilitation works on the two major headworks at the Barekese and the Owabi dams, the rehabilitation of pipelines, the construction of booster stations at Achiase on the Kumasi-Barekese road, the provision of an additional reservoir at Suame and the rehabilitation of the KNUST booster station.
Besides, zonal meters are being installed in various areas to track the quantity of water supplied to customers.
The rehabilitation works, financed jointly by the Dutch and the Ghana governments, started in December 2007.
The Area Communications Manager of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Mr Sampson Ampah, told the Daily Graphic that the situation was expected to return to normalcy by the end of March this year.
The Barekese Dam, which originally supplied 18 million gallons of water a day to Kumasi and other areas, had its capacity reduced to between 10 and 12 million gallons a day, while the Owabi Dam, which originally supplied three millions gallons a day, was reduced to two million gallons due to the poor state of equipment.
However, with about 96 per cent of the works completed, full capacity had been restored at the two dams.
Besides, other works had added additional six million gallons to the capacity at Barekese, bringing the current capacity to 24 million gallons a day.
Mr Ampah called for co-operation from the public to ensure that any leakage was promptly reported for action to be taken on it.

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