Impeccable facts available to the New Crusading GUIDE indicate that the country?s access to safe supply of drinking water could cease at any time if rigorous steps are not taken to overhaul and correct certain anomalies within the system.                                                                               

In the aftermath of the shock that greeted the nation with the announcement by The Ghana Urban Water Company Limited (GUWCL) of an impending six month water rationing, this paper followed up with some checks to ascertain at first hand the major cause of the perennial problem that has bedeviled the nation over the years.

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This paper identified poor leadership and power play as one of the most pitiable problems that is plaguing the Ghana Water Company and its subsidiary company, the GUWCL.

 Usually when issues about poor performance and incompetence on the part of officials of the service providers as a result of equipment downtime are brought to the fore for discussion, the company often begs the question with feeble excuses that most of the equipment available are outdated and could therefore not function properly as its efficacy levels drop by the days.

The latest rationing exercise, according to the service provider has become necessary following the detection of a structural defect in four out of the 12 filters at the Weija Treatment Plant.
The defect, according to GUWL Communications Manager Stanley Martey, necessitates a complete redesigning and reconstruction of the four filters, an exercise that will take about six months to complete.

When questions about why those obsolete equipments such as pumps were not completely replaced was put across to Madam, Dora Adjoa Bonnah, Ag.GM, Materials of GUWCL, she mentioned the need for proper planning , prioritization and   the lack of funds as being the reason why the problems still persist.

She told this reporter in a telephone interview yesterday that some of the equipment especially pumps were very expensive,  ? some pumps cost as much as ?50, 000 and some ? 107,000, the smallest pumps costs GH? 10,000?.

In the face of these challenges she said she had done a lot of sole sourcing procurements to ensure that some of these equipments were purchased for the company.

She however complained that one of the problems that led to the delay in acquisition of equipment was ?the sky rocketing prices quoted by representatives of manufacturers who enjoy some level of monopoly in the system?

On his part acting General Manager of the company, Ing. Senyo T. Amengor did not mince words, saying that the company could not afford the cost involved in replacing the pumps. ?Our basic problem is that we have to find money to replace equipments. We must all face the facts we are not paying realistic tariffs in the country?.

When asked if Weija was the only station facing such problems, he confessed that it was nationwide, yet officials were working around the clock to remedy the situation.

Meanwhile on the weija situation, this paper?s sources from within have hinted that apart the filters which the company has officially declared faulty, there were other spare parts that needed to be replaced to ensure the smooth running of the station which they say faces a possible collapse.

?We saw signs of the development of this problem as far back as 2010, we went ahead to inform management but our request was ignored. We need spare parts for pumps, control panels and other very important spare parts but after three years of incessant complains nothing has happened?, an official of the company told this reporter under the cloak of anonymity.

The obviously frustrated personnel continued that, ?apart from the filters, the pumps have other defects and if these are not fixed, they cannot function properly after the so called six-month time line?.

?Our air blowers and upwash pumps also need spare parts and all these help in the purification of the water that we drink?. He said

This paper learnt that November, last year the sector minister Mr. E.T Mensah during a visit to the site, charged management of the company to furnish government with the cost of the equipments needed to keep the plant running to be forwarded to the PPA for approval and yet no action was taken, although a situational report was written by the Weija control manager to top management.

This paper?s checks revealed that although tenders have been flown for the acquisition of these items, no action has been taken after three years.

On this subject, Madam Bonnah told this paper that the company is compelled to re- advertise such tenders because the companies that come forward do not meet their requirements.

Some top management officials who fear the situation may move from bad to worse if steps are not taken to procure the equipments, called for investigations into why ?some of our own people for personal interest have decided to punish the whole country. We have told management what we need to save the situation but it appears nobody cares?.

source: thenewcrusadingguideonline

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