The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) is warning it would be forced to cut water supply to Tamale and its surrounding communities if activities of illegal sand winners at its treatment plants do not stop in the region.
The company has bemoaned the worrying activities of these sand winners, saying, it now draws out more mud than water. The activities of the sand winners, according to the GWCL are diverting the course of the only source of raw water for thousands of residents in Tamale and other surrounding communities.
GWCL further says the White Volta has become more turbid as a result of sand winning activities.
The Public Relations Officer of GWCL in the Northern Region, Nii Abbey, stated at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) that all efforts to get authorities to regulate the activities of these sand winners have failed.
“Last year operation vanguard had to step in but it ended up in a political game. The activities of illegal sand winners on the White Volta at Nawuni is really affecting our operations to the extent that the river is virtually silted and muddy.”
Illegal sand winning activities, according to the PRO has GWCL are causing the company to lose over GH¢ 65,000 daily at the Dalun water treatment plant.
PURC Northern Regional Manager, Issahaku Mashood Yakubu however assured that the Commission will be proactive to ensure value for money.
“The PURC is more strategically positioned to be proactive in the discharge of our operation mandate to ensure value for money for the Ghanaian consumer. The PURC would not sit down to wait for issues to degenerate before we start running around to do fire fighting. We will confront the issues proactively and objectively.” he said.
The forum brought together consumers, the Ghana Water Company Limited and the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo), to deliberate on the challenges they face and find solutions to improve service and increase customer satisfaction.
The forum also offered consumers the opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions towards improving customer service.