- Accra to experience massive water shortage due to damaged water filters at the Weija Treatment Plant
- The filters remove impurities from water by means of physical barrier, a chemical or biological process
- The cost of replacing the broken down filters is estimated at $35 million
Municipal Chief Executive of the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly (WGMA), Mr Patrick K.B. Kumor has hinted that the capital city, Accra is likely to be hit by a massive water crisis if attention is not paid to the Weija Treatment Plant.
According to him the Weija Treatment Plant is on the verge of collapse following the damage of four water filters out of 12.
Mr. Kumor said the damaged filters pose danger to the future of the plant if an immediate action is not taking.
Speaking to the media, after a tour of the facility, the MCE opined that “the damage is because of a building on the water land”.
“Due to the high pressure on the remaining eight filters, we isolate one every month for cleaning which takes about eight days before coming into full operation and that sometimes leads to low pressure in water supply,” he explained.
The MCE however, assured of taking urgent steps to avert a danger at the water facility indicating that a report will be sent to the presidency and the sector Ministry as soon as possible to draft a holistic approach to deal with this matter.
“We have been told a filter takes about eight to 12 months to be repaired and it is time we work on it now before another breaks down and water shortage hits us in the region.”
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Mr Kumor also warned of pulling down properties that had been put up in the dam’s way as well as embarking on a rigorous exercise to improve sanitary conditions in the area to protect the Densu River where the dam draws its source.
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Source: Yen Newspaper