The Public Relations and External Affairs Director of the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC,) Nana Yaa Jantuah, has stated that the Chief Executive of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL,) Kwaku Botwe, risks going to jail if he fails to deliver to meet public expectations of water supply.

The PURC is backed by law, even if it wants to go to the extent of jailing the water company boss, in a situation where the Commission feels unsatisfied by GWCL?s performance.

Speaking on Joy FMin Accrayesterday, Nana YaaJantuahstressed that imprisonment is just one of the punitive measures the Commission could adopt to sanction GWCL for failing to deliver.
She noted aside fromjailing the chief executive of the water company, the Commission can fine the company or deny them tariff increment.

The Commission last Tuesday summoned the GWCL to a crucial meeting over an earlier decision by the latter to ration water for the next six months in the Greater Accra Region.
Acting Chairman of the Commission, Comrade Bonney, said they would no longer tolerate the inefficiency of GWCL and threatened to block further increment in tariffs.

?If you [GWCL] begin to behave in this manner, one of the things we can do is to deny you tariff [increment]. We want to punish you by denying you a tariff increment even though you are entitled to that. That is to show you how serious the Commission is.?

Nana YaaJanntuah maintained that her outfit is determined to carry through its decision to deny them tariff.

This, she explained, should not be seen as an ?empty threat,? since it will not be the first time it is adopting that measure.

GWCL had been refused tariff increment twice: last year during the automatic adjustment tariff as well as two years ago, she recounted.

But Communications Manager of Ghana Urban Water Company Limited, Stanley Martey, indicated that the company has no choice under the current circumstance but to ration water.
He explained that in Accra, for instance, three sources of treatment plants are producing an average of 100 million gallons of water daily, but the company?s own research shows that demand is about 160 million daily.

GWCL cannot be blamed if demand outstrip supply, he said, ?If we all do not troop down to the city in search of, let say, greener pastures, we will have enough or adequate resources for everybody in this country. If you go to other regions we have other treatment plants that are underutilised because the population there is not enough.?

He indicated that the company has been able to meet the requirement of the Ghana Standard Authority, whose criteria, he said, were far above that of the WHO, to deliver quality drinking water to consumers.
Mr. Martey said GWCL is doing all it can to ensure that the impact is not seriously felt.

He said about five experts have so far assessed the condition of the company?s filters and are expected to come out with their proposal after three weeks for evaluation so that the best one would be selected to construct new filters.



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