WR Ghana Water Dredges Raw Water Source
The Western Regional Office of the Ghana Water Company has commenced a four-day dredging exercise at the Bosomase raw water intake point to open up the silted facility due to incessant illegal mining along the Pra River.
The mountain heap of clay and sand had blocked the easy flow of water from the raw water intake point and thereby slowing down water supply within the Second/Takoradi Metropolis.
Mr Teiko Cudjoe, Regional Manager of the Company and Mr Evans Akot-Adzei Regional Water Quality Manager took journalists around the facility to inspect work done so far.
The Regional Manager said the four day dredging is estimated to cost from GHC 50,000 to GHC 60,000 Ghana to completely evacuate the heaps and ensure free flow.
He said currently, the company was able to produce only 3million gallons daily and was hopeful that at least the exercise would increase production to about five million.
He said the exercise had become necessary due to the fact that the volumes of abstraction had gone down necessitating water rationing adding, “We have not reached the crisis stage yet and this and other interventions are being carried out to save the situation”.
Mr Evans Akot -Adzei, Regional Water Quality Manager who gave a comparative analysis of the quality of water stated that, though last year January recorded over 1800 turbidity levels, the situation had improved dramatically to 450 this January.
He was hopeful that controlled illegal or small scale mining activities could help turn the water situation around in the region.