Water from human waste overflows onto the roads in Tema in serious health scare

Water from human waste overflows onto the roads in Tema in serious health scare

The Ghana Progressive Hotels Association (GHAPROHA) is threatening to sue the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) over a broken sewerage system in an area of Tema.

The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) is being threatened with legal action by an association of hotels for the TMA'S failure to properly maintain the Tema central sewerage system.

According to the Ghana Progressive Hotels Association (GHAPROHA), the sewerage system has for the past 18 years not seen any major rehabilitation, causing the system to choke.

A statement issued by GHAPROHA read: “Raw human waste flows uncontrollably into kitchens, restaurants and hotel rooms.

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Human waste water
The septic tank overflowing. Photo credit: 3news.com
Source: UGC

“The situation is greatly affecting the hospitality industry in Tema as many restaurants and hotels are losing business and spending a lot of money to repair the portions of these sewer lines."

Hotels in the metropolis, as agents of tourism and hospitality, have become helpless “as we are unable to maintain the required food safety and hygienic standards”.

The hotels are blaming a potential dip in business on the conditions that have been created due to deteriorated sewer system.

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Human waste water
The waste water from the tank on the road. Photo credit: 3news.com
Source: UGC

They said the wear and tear has caused damage to pipes and roots of trees close to the sewer lines, pipelines and manholes.

According to GHAPROHA, although the TMA has on countless times given the assurance of rehabilitating the sewer lines, nothing has been done, worsening the situation.

They said it has gotten to the point where they have to seek legal redress.

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