Acute water shortage hits major parts of Accra

Acute water shortage hits major parts of Accra

- Major parts of Accra have been hit with an acute water shortage

- Residents of affected areas have had to sacrifice time in search for water

- The water company says the situation is because of illegal structures on water pipelines

Residents at the Adabraka, Asylum Down, Bubuashie and Dansoman suburbs of Accra have experienced an acute shortage of water.

Thousands of these frustrated residents have had to sacrifice time of their normal schedules and even productive work hours to go on a hunt for fresh water. has learned that these areas have been without water for the past two weeks. In fact, residents from all affected townships have appealed to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to for swift intervention especially when some pipes of the company are being under maintenance.

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“As it stands now, we do not know when the problem will be rectified. We have only been told that the management of GWCL is working to address the challenge,” a resident told

Meanwhile, the GWCL, in a statement said it had begun an exercise to service all its valves that supplied water within the Adabraka enclave to identify the problem.

According to the company, the challenge came about due to some unauthorized structures causing the blockage and consistent bursting of the pipelines, leading to low pressure and erratic flow in some areas.

Use of prepaid water meters

The minister for sanitation and water resources, Joseph Kofi Adah has hinted at the introduction of prepaid water meters before the end of the year.

In an interview with Joy FM, the minister revealed that 80,000 prepaid units will be installed across all densely populated areas in Accra, Kumasi, the Volta Region among others.

The issue of using prepaid water meters attracted grave opposition when it was first brought up in the Mahama administration as Ghanaians complained about the effect it would have on the poor and marginalized.

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The minister insists the installation of these meters will ensure the proper streamline of water distribution and usage in the country.

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