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Accra has outgrown our capacity – GWCL

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The Managing Director of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Ing. Dr. Clifford Braimah, has acknowledged the water supply challenges faced by residents in various parts of Accra. The population growth in Accra has outstripped the capacity of the current water infrastructure, leading to irregular water supply in communities such as Adenta, Kasoa, Weija, and Apaapa in La.

Residents have expressed concerns about the inconsistent water supply, impacting their daily lives and prompting some to resort to purchasing water from tankers at high costs. Complaints also include a lack of communication from GWCL about temporary water supply cuts in specific areas, with some reporting extended periods of no water supply.

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In response, Ing. Braimah stated on the Citi Breakfast Show that the GWCL recognizes the need to upgrade its machinery to meet the increasing demands of Accra’s growing population. He mentioned plans to establish a new system at Kpone to boost water production but cited resource constraints as a significant challenge, hindering progress since 2017 and 2018.

The Managing Director explained that with limited water volume coming into the system and a large population, water supply has to be managed based on demand. He acknowledged the prolonged limitations and emphasized the company’s efforts to address the situation.

Ing. Braimah also noted that some of the reported complaints were related to localized faults, which, when reported to the nearest GWCL office, could be promptly addressed. The acknowledgment of challenges and the commitment to infrastructure upgrades demonstrate the company’s awareness of the issues and its efforts to improve water supply in Accra.

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